With an investment of Rs 1,100 crore, Union Ministry for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises has set up two International Centres for Automotive Technology (ICAT) in IMT Manesar of district Gurugram. Four test facilities in the ICAT Centre-II were inaugurated by Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Anant G Geete, who said that a total of 16 different world class testing facilities were being providing in both these centres. He said that only test track facility remains to be set up here, after which ICAT Manesar will be full-fledged testing centre. Every type of testing facility for automotive industry will be available in IMT Manesar and then it will be dedicated to the nation.
He said that these centres are rendering valuable services to the automotive industry in the country in a major way. According to Geete, 10 different testing facilities were being provided in ICAT Centre-I which is spread over 8 acres (32,376 sq.m) of land and 6 facilities will be provided at ICAT Centre-II which is spread over 46.6 acres (1,87,335 sq.m) of land.
The ICAT Centre-I in IMT Manesar was also inaugurated by Geete in February 2016. The four new facilities inaugurated by Geete at ICAT Manesar include Noise Vibration & Harshness (NVH) Lab, Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Lab, Passive Safety Lab (PSL) popularly known as Crash Test.
All automobile manufacturers are manufacturing various types of vehicles in India. Haryana has become auto hub, Pune in Maharashtra and Chennai in Tamil Nadu are another auto hubs in the country. He said that all types of state-of-the-art world class testing facilities will be available in IMT Manesar whereas earlier, one had to rush abroad even for small testings. He exhorted the champions of automobile industry to make optimum use of these facilities. The ICAT Manesar is located in the northern automotive hub of India which has been set up under National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRIP), which has 6 such centres in the country.
On the occasion, Vishwajit Sahay, Joint Secretary, Department of Heavy industry, Government of India, Abhay Damle, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India; Kenichi Ayukawa, MD & CEO, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., Neeti Sarkar, CEO & PD NATRiP, Dinesh Tyagi, Director, ICAT (International Centre for Automotive Technology) along with various dignitaries from the Indian automotive industry were also present.