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Just yesterday we reported that Peugeot had finalised on the state of Tamil Nadu for its facilities, but it looks like they hadn't. They are currently meeting different state governments to determine which one will suit them the best. They have now met with a state delegation from Gujarat headed by chief minister Narendra Modi. They are currently evaluating their options but haven't finalised on anything. Tamil Nadu is one option as we explained yesterday, and the area around Sanand in Gujarat is also a good place due to the good vendor base that has sprung up thanks to Tata Motors. Ford and Maruti are also evaluating areas for facilities there, which makes it more lucrative. The ports of Mundra and Kandla are an obvious draw, as is the surplus power once the Tata Mundra coal power plant that will generate 4000MW goes live. Also Read - COVID-19+ Cases in Maharashtra Rise to 1,297, Death Toll Stands at 72
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One of the other options is the established Manesar belt, but which isn't favoured now because of the labour unrest and its distance from the coastline – India, after all, is in every manufacturer's plans as an export hub. Maharashtra is home to manufacturers like Mahindra, Fiat, GM and Skoda, but after the recent sudden turnaround of the government's incentives and the octroi system, it has fallen out of favour with upcoming manufacturers. Andhra Pradesh is an option that Peugeot might fall back on; the state government is actively wooing auto manufacturers, and with ports at places like Visakhapatnam and the upcoming port at Gangavaram, it seems to be another good option.