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Adityapur to be developed as auto hub for eastern India

Eastern India will soon get an automobile hub near Jamshedpur if the ambitious plans of the Jharkhand government materialise. India already has major auto hubs in the north (Gurgaon-Manesar), west (Pune in Maharashtra and Sanand in Gujarat) and south (Chennai-Sriperumbudur).

The state's industries department plans to come out with a Jharkhand Automobile and Auto-Component policy, which aims to get the 'auto hub' tag to Adityapur near Jamshedpur.

"Adityapur has all the potential and eco-system to become an automobile and auto-component hub in eastern India," said K. Ravi Kumar, industries director, Jharhand. "We have invited suggestions from all stakeholders."

There are more than 600 auto ancillary units in and around Jamshedpur and Adityapur. Jamshedpur, also known as Steel City, is home to Tata Steel, Tata Motors and many other industrial units of the group.

An auto-cluster is also being developed in Jamshedpur with the help of the government of India. The cluster would feature common facilities including a testing centre, a design lab and an effluent treatment plant.

The state government also envisages the development of an automobile vendor park under the PPP mode. The emergence of Adityapur as an auto hub would result in the generation of about 50,000 jobs over the next five years, it is estimated.