‘New Maruti plant in Kharkhoda to make 1 million cars by 2028’
Maruti Suzuki’s car plant in Kharkhoda will aim to achieve full production capacity of 1 million cars per annum in 2028, RC Bhargava, chairman of Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL), said on Friday at a press conference on the sidelines of the land agreement signed between Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure (HSIIDC) and MSIL to set up car and motorcycle plants at IMT Kharkhoda. He added that the Gurugram plant will continue production until then.
“Production at Gurugram plant will continue till the Kharkhoda plant achieves full capacity in 2028. Right now, the area around the Gurugram plant has become fully residential and our priority is to run operations without disturbing the neighbours,” according to Bhargava.
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who also holds the industries portfolio, and deputy CM Dushyant Chautala also attended the press conference.
Khattar asked Maruti Suzuki India Limited to shift its corporate headquarters from Delhi to Gurugram, as the automaker had a major presence in Haryana and numerous auto companies had already shifted their headquarters to the state.
“We would also like MSIL to start venturing into real estate and set up projects in this sector and also invest in the proposed Global City project in Gurugram,” he said.
When asked about the state government’s efforts to ensure Maruti Suzuki India Limited remained in Haryana, Khattar said that a competitive business environment, the government’s support and Kharkhoda’s strategic location helped Maruti Suzuki India Limited make this decision.
Echoing similar sentiments, Bhargava said, “Maruti Suzuki purchased land in Kharkhoda to set up its new plant due to the better environment in the state,” he said.
The CM also said HSIIDC had also allotted 1,000 small plots to smaller units in Kharkhoda, which will play a key role in developing the industrial ecosystem of the township.
“We have also changed the land enhancement policy of the state to give relief to industrialists. The state government has fixed the limit of enhancement fee. The government will bear the amount over the expected fee, and, under this policy, the government has auctioned plots worth ₹15,000 crore to industrial units,” according to Khattar.
The chief minister also said that the government has set a target for creating employment opportunities for 200,000 people in the state every year.
A woman and her two children, aged 10 years and seven months, were killed in a landslide triggered by heavy rains near Gangtok in Sikkim in the early hours of Tuesday. Officials said that the woman, identified as Doma Sherpa (27) and her two sons were sleeping in their hut in Rongey Dokan Dara when the landslide hit around 1 am. Their hut was completely buried in the landslide, they said.
The presence of mind of a locomotive pilot on Monday night averted a major mishap after a tree from the Parsik tunnel fell and blocked track number 6 of the railway network between Thane and Kalyan station. The incident occurred around 8:45 pm when a Gulmohar tree fell on the track just moments before the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus-Bhagalpur express was about to arrive at the tunnel.
Delhi's air quality was in the moderate category on Friday morning as the mercury was expected to settle around 41 degree Celsius on Tuesday. Moist east wind raised humidity levels in the Capital on Monday. The mercury touched 40.2C at 2.30 pm on Monday in Safdarjung, the base weather station, when humidity was at 45%, taking the heat index, or real feel, to 52C, the highest so far this year.
In a bid to identify issues faced in 1,000 community toilets, the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board, the Delhi government's slums management agency, is seeking the help of college students to carry out a survey at toilets run by the agency in the city, and also identify problems faced in nearly 800 night shelters. With the survey, the agency aims to identify beneficiaries under the slum and JJ cluster rehabilitation policy of the Delhi government.
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut – under fire from his party's dissident faction for calling them 'living corpses' – on Tuesday, tweeted out a one-liner that contained the phrase 'chalti firti lashain' (moving dead bodies), in what seemed a dig at the rebel group. 'Jahalat', an Urdu word, roughly translates to being unknowledgeable/stupid. The full translation, therefore, reads: “Stupidity is like death, and fools are walking corpses.”