Rlys to build 10 auto-hubs

 
Disclosing that the Railways currently have 3,36,000 bighas of surplus land across the country, Banerjee said SIAM representatives have expressed interest in building auto-hubs to facilitate growth in business and employment.

“Besides Shalimar in Howrah district of West Bengal, auto-hubs will come up in Bangalore, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Pune, Nasik, Ahmedabad, New Delhi, Guwahati and Siliguri,” Banerjee said after laying the foundation stone for the country’s first auto-hub on a five-acre plot of railway land at Shalimar.

“These hubs will be coming up in joint venture with the Railways, and the ministry is aiming to generate close to Rs 1,000 crore of additional revenue per annum once all the hubs start operation,” she said at the function attended by representatives from Tata Motors, Maruti, Hyundai, Hero Honda and TVS Motors.

Referring to the proposed hub at Shalimar, she said it would be a pilot project, and that the Railways would be keen to invite leading entrepreneurs to build an automobile ancillary industry in the adjacent land owned by the ministry.

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