The move is surprising also as Maruti was gung-ho about land in Narendra Modi's Gujarat and not much was known about negotiations in West Bengal.
West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) has agreed to grant land to Maruti Suzuki India Ltd for setting up a stockyard at Panagarh Industrial Park, about 150 km from here.
"We have agreed to give them (Maruti Suzuki India) 40 acres at Panagarh for their proposed project. Now, we have sent the proposal to the Industries Ministry for approval," a top official senior official said on condition of anonymity.
The project, which is the second proposed one in the state after Siliguri, is expected to stock a maximum 2,500 cars at a time and cater to the eastern zone, comprising Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa, and Chhattisgarh.
The stockyard will help Maruti increase the distribution efficiency significantly reducing the time-frame in vehicle delivery.
"We have a proposal for two stockyards in West Bengal (one in Siliguri and another in Panagarh). The Panagarh project has a maximum stocking capacity of 2,500. It is in line with our plan to set up stockyards across the country," MSIL Managing Executive Officer (Marketing and Sales) Mayank Pareek said over phone.
Once operational, the cars would be able to reach dealers in the eastern region in just two days thus reducing the waiting period. The proposed Siliguri stockyard will service the north-eastern region, he said.
The country's largest car maker is in the process of setting up stockyards across India to enhance its marketing and distribution efficiency and the first one was set up in Bangalore in 2011.
Panagarh Industrial Park, in Burdwan district of West Bengal, is an initiative of the WBIDC spread over 1,458 acres.
Our CM is fire brand mass leader and she can do any thing for WB and support pour to us from all quarters She should sincere for cause and effect in long term. Industrialization is must and if Govt is sincere and friendly to Industrialist and workers a miracle is waiting to long neglected people of this state. Recent decision towards some interaction with Industrialist are positive and indicates She means business but some more time is needed to cool her temperament on long term Policy matter. If Didi can not deliver during this tenure then She will miss a great opportunity to be National Leader in future politics. Here and now action is required instead of agitation, dharna or protest rally which we have seen much during last five decade. Save the Bhadra culture of Bengal discard the instant angry outburst without provocation AND en-cash the popularity and become an iconic Brand for good reason
This is an opportunity for CPM retaliate with the same move Mamata ued to win election.
good, atleast stocking has started. Hope WB will allow production also one day. Anyways good start.
Maruti beware. Do not create stockyard in Mamta State otherwise it will be proved as a graveyard for maruti
Excellent move. Change has to happen under her leadership and was very much expected. Congo Mamata di!
Maruti-Suzuki has acquired the land for stocking of cars and not for any kind of production activity you silly! If this is the only change that Mamata can bring about than not even God can save WB!!!
Smell of jealously! Who told you that the change stops here only. This is just the beginning guy. Cheers!