By TNI Network
Date: Apr 03 , 2018

New Delhi: A well known commercial vehicles brand of India Ashok Leyland, on Saturday commenced construction of its third Indian bus plant in Andhra Pradesh.

The new plant will have investment of Rs 340 crore in two phases. It will have production capacity of 9,600 buses a year at the end of two phases,

Plant, located at Mallavalli industrial area of Krishna district, some 40km from Vijayawada, will commence commercial operations of bus assembling six months from the government readying the road infrastructure said Dasari.

He was addressing press in the presence of Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, while inaugurating the construction of the project. He said the plant will employment over 5,000 people; mostly locals picked up and trained.

“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,” said Vinod Dasari.

“This facility will help us be ahead of the curve by ensuring our readiness towards implementation of the bus body code and to meet the rising demand for ready-to-use, fully-built Trucks as well. We will also produce Electric vehicles at this plant. The new plant is also strategically located to meet the demands of Center, East and Southern India markets,” said Dasari.

Welcoming Ashok Leyland to Andhra Pradesh, Chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, said, “It is a key addition to our family expanding manufacturing hub here.”

In a statement, Dheeraj G. Hinduja, Chairman, Ashok Leyland, said, “Ashok Leyland has been at the forefront of mass mobility in the country. With this new plant, we are preparing ourselves for the future.”