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In Photo: Mahindra & Mahindra executive director Pawan Goenka during the media interaction in Kolkata on Wednesday.  

By A Newsmen

Kolkata, 14 October: AUTOMOBILE major Mahindra & Mahindra will set up a spare parts distribution hub for eastern and northeast India at Kharagpur in West Bengal, its executive director Pawan Goenka has said on Wednesday.

“We are setting up a sprawling spare parts distribution hub at Kharagpur on a 13 acre plot at an investment of around Rs 150-200 crore. The physical work has already begun and we would commission the facility in next one-and-a-half year,” Goenka said in a media interaction at Park Hotel in Kolkata this afternoon.

Mahindra & Mahindra manufactures a host of popular cars ranging from small cars to extra utility vehicles (XUV) such as Scorpion, Bolero, Xylo and Renault Verito etc. Mahindra Tractors too is very popular among farmers.

As of now, the spares for all these vehicles are supplied from its central hub at Pune in Maharashtra and hence this consumes time in transition. Thus the company is now setting up a few regional distribution centres at important locations.

“The Kharagpur hub is a part of your regional distribution centre project under which we are setting up two-three regional hubs that will cater to a specified region. Kharagpur hub will supply spares to Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and the eight northeast states. Similarly, we are setting up another hub in Jaipur that will cater to north India,” Goenka said.

Goneka also announced that beginning March-April 2016, Mahindra & Mahindra would start exporting its electric car, Mahindra e2o, to the UK and Europe. Right now, Nepal is the only foreign country where the company has exported around 50 units of Mahindra e2o.