Maruti Suzuki wants to shift its Gurgaon factory to another location in Haryana as it finds the city just outside the National Capital to be too congested for a manufacturing facility. – Economic Times
The shift of Maruti Suzuki’s plant, Gurgoan to a less inhabited area is inevitable, company Chairman R C Bhargava said. The 35 year-old plant was the company’s first manufacturing facility and has a capacity to make about 700,000 cars every year.
Mr. Bhargava also added that the relocation has to be done in a phased manner. “In the process of shifting you cannot stop the production from this plant for six-twelve months”. The plant accounts for over one-third of the company’s total production capacity. He said project managers will look at best ways to undertake the relocation of the facility.
Maruti plans to acquire a fresh plot near to the company’s vendor belt and employees, people in the know said. It has reportedly requested the Haryana government to directly allocate 1,200-1,400 acres in Sohna, Haryana about 25 km south of Gurgaon, at a fair price. The state, which has a policy of auctioning land and not allotting directly, has yet to take a call on the demand.
Gurgaon plant has a significant contribution to the company’s performance and growth over the last 35 years. It rolled out some of the country’s iconic cars including Maruti 800 and Zen.