Gujarat emerging as a global auto hub: Modi


Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today said the state is emerging as a global hub in the automobile sector.

After signing of the State Support Agreement (SSA) agreement with Maruti Suzuki for its manufacturing facility here, Modi said that Gujarat has emerged as a prominent global hub in the automobile sector.

"The journey started with Tata Nano, Ford, Peugeot, and now Maruti has entered in Gujarat which will strengthen the 'brand Gujarat' as a globally preferred business location," he said.

Maruti Suzuki will set up two units in two phases in the backward taluka of Mandal-Becharaji in Ahmedabad district.

The first unit (1st phase) will be near the historical town of Becharaji and the second unit (2nd phase) will come up at a location, about 25 kilometres from Becharaji.

"Manufacturing and engineering sector in Gujarat contributes over 27 per cent to state GSDP and overall 9 per cent to the national engineering output," Modi said.

"There are more than 30 engineering clusters and more clusters are emerging like Sanand- Viramgam, Mandal-Becharaji, Halol-Savli, Anjar, Santhalpur. This will make Gujarat a global hub in the engineering sector as a whole," Modi further said.

Shinzo Nakanishi, Managing Director, Maruti Suzuki said Gujarat and India are rapidly emerging as best markets for automobiles.

Maruti and the Gujarat government have also decided to set up a state-of-the-art automobile research institute, the company said.

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