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Maruti eyes late August for Manesar plant reopening

chandigarh Updated: Aug 12, 2012 22:11 IST

India's top car manufacturer company Maruti Suzuki may resume production at its Manesar plant by late August, a company executive said on Sunday.

The company's board is likely to meet on Monday to consider a reopening date for the plant where a manager was killed and 96 other supervisors were injured in the unrest, the senior executive added.

"Some reports from the police and special investigations are likely to come to Maruti on Monday following which some decisions are likely to come," the executive, who did not wish to be name, added.

"I don't know when an announcement might be made but noted repairs are already under way at the plant where mainly the office areas were damaged, not the factory facilities", he said.

Maruti is majority-owned by Japan's Suzuki Motor which receives more than a quarter of its revenues from India.

The Indian unit, the country's largest car maker by sales, is losing some $9 million a day from the plant shutdown, analysts calculate.

The board will review security at the plant, which produces some of Maruti's best-selling cars such as the Swift hatchback, as well as its physical state, the executive said.

The plant has experienced several industrial disputes but none as violent as the July riot which shocked corporate India.

Joint police commissioner Anil Kumar said, the Haryana state government had decided that up to 600 police personnel currently guarding the plant would remain there for an indefinite period even when it reopens.

Haryana, where Manesar is located, is a hub for car production and the state government is worried the unrest could scare away investors.

The plant is only expected to resume partial operations at first, using its most automated assembly lines, and then scale up operations.

Staffing could be difficult with many workers having fled as they fear arrest. Police say 114 workers including at least 10 union leaders are already under arrest.