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Gandhinagar, Tuesday: Passenger car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki Limited top brass here today expressed intent to set up its another plant in Gujarat on a 500-acre plot with a capacity to produce 10-lakh cars per annum with provisions to produce 20-lakh cars per annum in the second phase depending on the global demands.

MSL chairman R.C. Bhargav and managing director Shinzo Nakanishi during their discussion with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said that Gujarat is their first preference for the company's expansion projects, as the state's long coastline offered excellent car export facility.

Both expressed satisfaction with the outcome of today's talk. They praised the Gujarat Government's and Mr. Modi's positive approach.

They hoped the location of the site and other formalities for the phase-1 of the project could be completed in three months and it can be ready in five years. It can create direct employment potential for 1.50-lakh people. They showed willingness to set up skill development centre in the car manufacturing sector and vendors' park in the state, too.

Mr Bhargav said that ancillary industry, infrastructure and other employment generation activities are sure to grow around its new car manufacturing plant in Gujarat, as has been the case with its existing factory in Haryana.

Others present during the discussion were Chief Minister's Principal Secretary K. Kailashnathan, Principal Industries Secretary M. Sahu and other senior officers.

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