Thursday, May 6, 2010

* Auto companies may plan expansion in Uttarakhand

Dehra Dun, May 6 (PTI) Auto companies in the state are likely to go on an expansion drive buoyed by better-than anticipated sales over the past few quarters.

Tata Motors, Hero Honda and Bajaj Auto, which have set up their manufacturing units here, are in talks with the state government in this regard, industry sources said.

The government, on its part, is collecting information on free land that could be given to companies that want to expand.

"We have got information that most of the auto companies are expanding their units in the state," said Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, who is keen to develop the state into a hub for automobiles manufacturing.

Several large companies, including Tatas, Hero Honda and Ashok Leyland, have set up units in the Uttaranchal state drawn by its investor-friendly investment policy that offered excise exemptions.



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