A three-member management team from the auto majors Mumbai headquarters, including Mr RS Thakur vice president (finance) and Mr Rajiv Dube, senior vice president (manufacturing & commercial-passenger cars), was in Ranchi recently to submit the companys Rs 1,300 crore proposal and discuss plans with the states industry department officials.
The auto major wants to manufacture light commercial vehicles (LCVs) at a suitable location. Jamshedpur being among its top choices, as it already has a HCV and SPV (special purpose vehicles) manufacturing base here.
Asked which particular LCV models, including cars, are likely to be produced here, the official said: That they are yet to decide. There are three-four models, including the Rs one-lakh car and a small truck which replaces an auto.
As to whether Jharkhand was eager to accommodate Tata Motors expansion project only as per the concessions spelt out in its industrial policy, the senior state official said, no, a special package can also be worked out, which the (industrial) policy also talks about.
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There is no information to share at this stage, was how a Tata Motors spokesperson in Mumbai put it when asked about the project, adding, Tata Motors has a number of projects; it is looking at sites and locations in different states. Jamshedpur already has a good auto components base today -- many of the SMEs (small & medium enterprises) here having graduated from being suppliers & OEMs to Tata Motors HCVs alone to being vendors also to auto manufacturers like Hindustan Motors, GM.