India's largest car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki India Limited is contemplating on establishing an integrated servicing cum warehousing hub at Panagarh in the East Indian state of West Bengal with an envisaged investment of Rs 100 crore. Maruti Suzuki is at present scouting for a 60 acre land at Panagarh region for this purpose and when the hub comes up, it will have a capacity to accommodate an estimated 15,000 cars. According to a senior official of the company, the purpose of setting up such a hub was to serve the servicing and other needs of the entire eastern zone including West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh.
R Dayal, Executive Director in charge of Production Engineering, Maruti Suzuki India Limited said: "We are aiming at establishing the service cum warehousing centre in the Panagarh Industrial Park. Currently, we are looking at the pros and cons of setting up such a centre at Panagarh and if it suits our requirements, we would go ahead with the plan of setting up the hub. Though, we initially thought of establishing this centre at Jharkhand, eventually we decided to come to West Bengal, thanks to the unstinted support extended to by the State Government". According to the official, MSIL also have plans of establishing similar warehousing cum servicing centres in other parts of the country such as Gurgaon in the north, Nagpur in the west and Bangalore in the south.
The facility that Maruti Suzuki is planning to open in Bengal is expected to have a capacity to house 10,000-15,000 cars. Once established, the MSIL automobile hub will cover the entire eastern region that will include Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Orrisa. At present, Maruti Suzuki India Limited occupies 65% of the market share in the east zone and sells approximately 20,000 units.
MSIL previously opened its integrated servicing and warehousing centre in Gurgaon, Bangalore and Nagpur. The Bangalore MSIL servicing centre is spread across an area of 120 acre...
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