India’s largest car-maker Maruti Suzuki is yet to firm up the land requirement for its proposed new manufacturing plant in Gujarat.
“We do have plans to go to Gujarat and preliminary talks have been already held with the state government. But nothing has been decided on when and how much land will be acquired there,” Managing Executive Officer (Engineering) of Maruti Suzuki I V Rao told reporters here today.
He said that the idea behind the Gujarat plant was to serve export markets through the Mundra port. “The matter has not been placed before the board for approval yet,” Rao said at the launch of new Swift Dzire sedan here.
Rao said the Gujarat idea was floated in May,2011,when the industry was growing at a healthy rate of 18 per cent.
But with the slowdown in car sales subsequently,no progress had been made in this regard,he said.
With SIAM predicting annual growth of 10 per cent in the automobile segment next few years,the Gurgaon and Manesar plants would suffice to meet the demand.
Post completion of the third plant at Manesar,Maruti’s annual production capacity would touch 1.75 million units.
He said that steps were also being taken to reduce the waiting period for diesel cars by increasing production.