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Automotive testing unit in Assam launched — Facilities to be used for N-E

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Training for youth
The Silchar Centre will annually train about 1,000 youngsters to handle the latest automobiles.
The NATRIP facility is expected to be functional within the next two years.
It will help in the p roduction and export of low-priced, high-tech vehicles and components.

New Delhi , Feb. 27

The Rs 1,718-crore National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRIP) has been launched, with the Union Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Minister, Mr Sontosh Mohan Dev, laying the foundation stone for a NATRIP facility at Silchar in Assam on Sunday.

The National Hill Area Driving Training & Regional In-use Vehicle Management centre will come up at this facility.

All NATRIP facilities at seven locations in the country are slated to operate by 2011, according to a release issued by the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. Speaking at the launch function, Mr Dev said that the Silchar facility would test the in-use vehicles of all the seven States in the North East and would bring rich dividends to the region.

It will also significantly help improve the transport infrastructure there.

The Silchar Centre will annually train about 1,000 youngsters to handle the latest automobiles.

The NATRIP facility at Silchar is expected to be functional within the next two years.

Mr Dev said that NATRIP would strengthen the automotive R&D infrastructure in the country and help in the production and export of low-priced, high-tech vehicles and components from the country.

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