Mumbai: Ruling out any possibility of manufacturing Jaguar and Land Rover in India in the near future, Tata group chief Ratan Tata has said that some "silly taxes" make even their assembly here costlier than the imports.
Tatas are building a plant in China which will export these cars to different parts of the world and have been invited by Saudi Arabia as well. "India is still making it somewhat difficult for us to offer it," he told PTI when asked as to when Jaguar and Land Rover could be manufactured in India.
"They are being assembled now (in India). Unfortunately, today if we were to manufacture here, it would cost more than the assembled one," said Tata, who would hang his boots as the chief of an over $100-billion salt-to-software conglomerate later this month on December 28.
Asked about the difficulties in manufacturing these cars in India, Tata said, "Because we do not have scale of manufacturing here, we are selling about a 1,000 Jaguars a year and you would need to be at least four to five times that in order to justify the investment that you would make...
"...so unfortunately, the assembly here is turning out to be more costly than importing the cars because of some silly taxes that they have been imposed on companies." Tata said that the "government should really look at doing things to incentivise people to bring more investment to India so that it becomes a base of exports, which unfortunately is not happening and China is doing that."
"We are building a plant in China which will export to different parts of the world. Even Saudi Arabia is asking us to come there and India is still making it somewhat difficult for us to offer it," he added.
On Singur and West Bengal
Ratan Tata mentioned that although Singur was a "great disappointment" but Tata group may still go to West Bengal, hints outgoing chairman of the group Ratan Tata.
He was asked about his recent statement that some day Tatas will go back to West Bengal considering the fact that Tata Motors had to shift to Gujarat after a bitter experience in Singur.
"If there is something that I could do to be involved with in eastern India, I would welcome that. You see, I lived in Jamshedpur for six years, very close to Kolkata and I used to be in Kolkata of and on.