The International Centre for
Automotive Technology (iCAT) hosted the inauguration of its new state of the
art and modern test facilities installed as a part of the National Automotive Testing
and R & D Infrastructure Project (NATRiP) on February 23, 2016.
Union Minister of Heavy
Industries & Public Enterprises (MOHI & PE) Anant G Geete inaugurated
the facilities in presence of Rao
Inderjit Singh, Minister of State SPIPD; G.M. Siddheshwara, Minister of State,
MoHI & PE;Shri Rajan Katoch, Secretary, DHI; S K Bahri, AS & FA,
DIPP; Sanjay Bandhopadhyaya, CEO &
Project Director, NATRiP, Joint
Secretary, Department of Heavy Industry.
Dinesh Tyagi, Director, iCAT and
several senior members from automobile industry were present at the inaugural
The NATRiP project was
approved by cabinet committee on economic affairs (CCEA) in July 2005 and iCAT was
set up in 2006 and is the first of the new world class centres established
under NATRiP. The Government of India has recognised iCAT as one of the
accredited 'Type Approval and Homologation' agencies in India under Central
Motor Vehicle Rules (CMVR) 126 and has also been recognised as Scientific and
Industrial Research Organisation (SIRO) from Department of Scientific and
Industrial Research (DSIR), since February 2010, by BIS for Tyre Testing,
Safety Glasses and by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for Emission and
Noise testing of Generator Sets.
With the capital investment of
over Rs 930 crore, the facilities are spread over 8 acres (32,376 sq.m) of land
at ICAT Site-I and 46.29 acres(1,87,335 sq.m) at ICAT Site-II, which is located
7 kms away from Site-I. The centre is rendering valuable services to the
automotive industry in the country in a big way.
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