Maruti Suzuki Gujarat plant site images: Construction delayed due to slowdown
Slowdown in the auto sector has adversely affected Maruti Suzuki expansion plans where their proposed Gujarat plant is concerned. The company has confirmed for the first time that they will miss commissioning the Gujarat plant as per schedule, considering the fact that the Indian auto industry is going through one of its slowest phases in over a decade.
The person on duty said that he had no idea when the construction will begin. He also added that the construction was about to begin two months back, and a team from L&T was also deployed (see cabin on right), but villagers stopped construction.
The reason villagers oppose construction of MSIL plant at the land under survey no 293 in Hansalpur, Becharji of Mehsana district, is that they think they have been cheated by top officials. The local adds that buying of land at the site began about 2-3 years ago. The price which was paid to farmers at that time was miniscule as compared to what it was sold to Gujarat govt by present owners. This has caused an uproar amongst farmers and resulted in a backlash. At present the situation is calm at the plant site.
In Delhi, Maruti Suzuki will be assessing demand in the passenger vehicle segment in domestic markets over the coming 2 to 3 years before taking any future decision on this proposed Mehsana plant, which is spread over 700 acres. Maruti Suzuki had planned investment to the tune of INR 4000 crores in the first phase at Gujarat plant. This would result in production capacity of 2.50 lakh units per annum. As of now, there seems to be a long wait before construction actually begins at their new plant.