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Spanish delegates inspect auto testing track

THE RS 600-crore Auto Testing Track project, proposed to be developed on about 4,000 hectare at Pithampur near here picked up momentum when a delegation of some Spanish companies and senior officials of the Madhya Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation (MPSIDC) made an inspection of the proposed site today.

india Updated: Mar 01, 2006 00:39 IST

THE RS 600-crore Auto Testing Track project, proposed to be developed on about 4,000 hectare at Pithampur near here picked up momentum when a delegation of some Spanish companies and senior officials of the Madhya Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation (MPSIDC) made an inspection of the proposed site today.

The project, once completed, will be one of the biggest such projects in the world and will prove to be a boon to the automobile industry in the country.

While the Spain-based companies IDIADA and AVL with management consultancy support from the Indian company iMaCS will prepare the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the project, the MPSIDC will be responsible for implementing the project which is a 100 per cent Central Government funded project.

IDIADA representative Avel Carbonell said that the company in association with AVL and iMaCS will prepare the DPR by the end of June this year.

Once the DPR is ready, Natrip, a company formed by the Central Government to oversee the project, will float a global tender for the construction of the project

Though the contours of the site for the project are yet to be finalized, the government would acquire land in such a way that would disturb least number of households, MPSIDC Managing Director Raghav Chandra said.

The Auto Testing Track is mainly used for testing newly developed and manufactured vehicles. It is also used for testing finished vehicles for getting the mandatory certifications from the authorities.

Besides, it can be utilized for Research and Development (R&D) of automobile industry. Although there are small Auto Testing Tracks in the country at Ahmednagar and Pune, the proposed Track at Pithampur will be one of the biggest such tracks in the world, Chandra said.

The biggest gainer from the project, which has a huge potential for employment generation, will be the automobile industry as once completed it will attract several international players to India for manufacturing and testing their vehicles.
The first phase of the project, at an estimated cost of Rs 600 crore, is expected to be completed in around 4 years time. There will be 10 parallel tracks of 36 different types with a length of around 5 kms.

In fact, the project was conceived by the Vajpayee Government and the main contenders of this prestigious project were Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Tamil Nadu.

The project eventually came the Madhya Pradesh way as per the recommendation of an expert committee which inspected all the sites in these states.

The committee, consisting members of Automotive Research Centre, Pune and other experts of automobile sector, found Pithampur the most viable site for establishing the project. Apart from the vast areas, the mountain areas in Pithampur exactly suited for the project.

The biggest gainer from the project, which has a huge potential for employment generation, will be the automobile industry as once completed it will attract several international players to India for manufacturing and testing their vehicles.