Deccan Auto sets up 250cr Bus Manufacturing Plant in Telangana
After Mahindra’s enhanced presence with a 100,000-unit capacity tractor manufacturing plant at Zaheerabad in Medak district, the upcoming auto-sector in Telangana received yet another boost with an addition of a bus manufacturing plant that also seeks to tap export markets.
To be inaugurated by chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Friday, the Rs 250-crore facility, set up by Deccan Auto Limited, will have a capacity to produce 3,000 buses in the initial phase.
The integrated bus manufacturing facility in 18 acre has a covered area of 2 lakh sqft and has testing facilities and paint booth. It will build buses on an integral coach design for better passenger comfort.
All buses will have rear engines, air suspension, air conditioning and other features. It will also make 12m and the 13.7 m buses, that will have space for toilets, pantry and individual audio visual systems.
Deccan Auto had taken a majority share in Pune-based Corona Bus Manufacturing, which had a capacity to make 300 buses. Corona focused on luxury city buses and has an order for 300 buses. It is hoping for another 1,000 buses order this year.
The new plant will also make Corona buses, which are based on monocoque design for enhanced passenger comfort. Corona buses have independent front suspension like cars and are powered with Cummins engines and have automatic transmission and air suspension.
Deccan Auto along with Corona aims to double its production to 6,000 units of buses in six years. This year, the company will require a manpower of about 400, which will go upto 700 by the end of 2017, company officials said.