Gujarat is likely to get an automobile project from Maruti Suzuki India in Sanand, where Tata Motors brought its Nano project in 2008.
The company’s managing director, Shinzo Nakanishi, is scheduled to meet chief minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday. “They will finalise the project,” Gujarat’s principal secretary (industries and mines) Maheshwar Sahu told HT on Monday.
However, a spokesperson of the company declined to comment on the project.
A state secretariat official, who did not want to be named, said Gujarat was open to offering incentives and other benefits to the country’s largest car maker like it had done for the Nano project.
The Nano project moved out of West Bengal after a land row in Singur.
Tata Motors had got a soft loan of more than Rs 9,000 crore, and exemptions from local taxes and hiring 85% locals in accordance with the state government’s labour policy.
If Maruti Suzuki India inks a deal with Gujarat on the project, it will be the first major investment of the company outside Haryana. The company had set up its first plant in Haryana in 1983.
A source in the government said the company’s officials had held several rounds of meetings with the state in April and this month on the modalities of the project.
The source added that the company was offered three locations — Halol near Vadodara, Sanand and Dholera — for the project and it zeroed in on Sanand, 30 km from Ahmedabad.
Halol in central Gujarat houses a General Motors plant, which was set up in the early 1990s.