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Maruti May Start Construction of Gujarat Plant Next Quarter

March 6 (Bloomberg) -- Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., India’s biggest carmaker by sales volume, may begin building a new factory as early as next quarter, to add capacity and access ports on the nation’s west coast.

The New Delhi-based company will take a final decision on when to begin construction at its next board meeting in April, Chairman R.C. Bhargava said in a telephone interview today, without giving a specific date.

The automaker signed an agreement in June to set up a manufacturing facility in the western state of Gujarat. Production will begin in the 12 months starting April 1, 2015, boosting the company’s total capacity in India to 2 million cars by that fiscal year, Maruti said June 2.

Maruti currently has two factories in the country, near New Delhi. The automaker has the capability to build 1.45 million units annually, according to its website.

To contact the reporter on this story: Siddharth Philip in Mumbai at sphilip3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Young-Sam Cho at ycho2@bloomberg.net

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