Volkswagen back on Indian mission

Volkswagen back on Indian mission

German auto giant Volkswagen seems to be back on its mission to setup its manufacturing base in the Indian market after receiving some jolts earlier this year. The Volkswagen-AG India Car project now seems to be rolling back on the road. Just last week, a four-member team of Volkswagen legal experts led by their project leader Peter Walters visited the Mambattu village near Tada in Nellore district in the southeastern tip of Andhra Pradesh.

Their visit was to inspect the 500 acres of land, just 60km away from Chennai for a possible manufacturing base for the company’s plant. The land is located adjacent to multinational glassmaker St. Gobain’s India unit and seems to have impressed the Germans. The state advisor on industrial promotion and investments, D A Somayajulu has also confirmed that they are sending an official team of the AP state government to the company’s headquarters at Wolfsberg in Germany.

He spoke to the media on the Volkswagen issue: “The ball is in their court now. We have done whatever we can do to get the project to AP. No other state government can better our offers and utilities.” The Y S Rajasekhar Reddy government is quite eager to get the VW setup their base in AP. The project can be worth around Rs 5, 000-crore car project and is expected to generate jobs for 20,000 people living in the poverty-stricken north coastal and Telengana regions.

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