Mallavalli/Andhra Pradesh: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu laid the foundation stone for a new 'green' bus-manufacturing plant of Ashok Leyland.
Ashok Leyland is the flagship company of Hinduja group. Reportedly, the green field factory is the first plant of Ashok Leyland in Andhra.
The plant is situated at the Model Industrial Park, Mallavalli village in Krishna district.
Ashok Leyland chairman, Dheeraj G Hinduja, and MD and CEO Vinod K Dasari attended the ceremony.
Part of the fast upcoming manufacturing hub in Krishna district, the plant will be spread over 75 acres and will include latest technologies to deliver high-quality standards.
Once fully completed, the plant will be able to produce 4800 buses per annum.
Further, a state of the art learning centre and an advanced service training centre will also be set up.
The plant will have the potential to employ over 5000 employees.
While the plant will have the capability to make the entire range of buses of Ashok Leyland brand, the facility will also include an electric vehicle development centre comprising of a futuristic conveyor line, pilot assembly line and prototype development.
It will be a completely green facility with rooftop solar panels, LED lighting, battery operated vehicles for in-plant movement, positive water balance and zero discharge.
"Today is a landmark day for us. We are excited to have such an established company like Ashok Leyland setting up a factory in Andhra Pradesh. It is a key addition to our fast expanding manufacturing hub here. This factory will not only provide jobs to our youth but also help improve the skill level of our people in the state and overall economy of the region," said Chandrababu Naidu.
He also added that they are developing the state as an automobile hub.