Tata Motors in Singur: Public Purpose and Private Property (B)

Posted: 11 Jun 2009

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Laura Alfaro

Harvard University

Lakshmi Iyer

Harvard Business School - Business, Government and the International Economy Unit

Namrata Arora

Harvard Business School

Date Written: February 11, 2009

Abstract

In October 2008, Tata Motors canceled their car manufacturing plant in West Bengal state, in the face of widespread farmer protests over land acquisition issues. This meant abandoning a project in which the company had invested $300 million and delaying the launch of the Nano, the world's cheapest car. What strategy could Tata have pursued to avoid this outcome? Would similar problems arise in Gujarat state, where the project had been relocated?

Suggested Citation

Alfaro, Laura and Iyer, Lakshmi and Arora, Namrata, Tata Motors in Singur: Public Purpose and Private Property (B) (February 11, 2009). HBS Case No. 709-029, Harvard Business School BGIE Unit No. 709-029, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1416794

Laura Alfaro (Contact Author)

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Lakshmi Iyer

Harvard Business School - Business, Government and the International Economy Unit ( email )

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Namrata Arora

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