Ashok Leyland, flagship of the
Hinduja Group, announced the beginning of construction of its bus plant in
Andhra Pradesh. The ground breaking ceremony marked the beginning of work on a greenfield
factory which will be the first Ashok Leyland plant in Andhra Pradesh. Situated
in Model Industrial Park, Mallavalli Village in Krishna District, the
auspicious ceremony was performed in the presence of the Chief Minister of
Andhra Pradesh Chandrababu Naidu and Managing Director & CEO of Ashok
Leyland, Vinod K. Dasari.
Part of the fast upcoming
manufacturing hub in Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh and located 40 kms from
Vijayawada, this Ashok Leyland plant will be spread over 75 acres and will
include latest technologies to deliver the high quality standards of the Ashok
Leyland brand. The plant once fully completed would be able to produce 4800
buses per annum, and would also have a state-of-the-art learning centre and an
advanced service training centre.
The setting up of this plant
will help increase the skill level of the employable workforce in the state of
Andhra Pradesh and will have the potential to employ over 5,000 employees.
While it 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 complete green facility, with rooftop solar
panels, LED lighting, battery operated vehicles for in-plant movement, positive
water balance and zero discharge.
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