Vijayawada, Mar 31: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu laid foundation stone for the construction of bus body building unit of the automobile giant Ashok Leyland at Mallapalli village of Bapulapadu mandal in Krishna district on Saturday.
The Ashok Leyland is establishing the bus body building unit at a cost of Rs.135 crore in 75 acres of land with a capacity of 4,800 bus building. The plant would generate 2,300 employment directly or indirectly in the area. 
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that Andhra Pradesh is becoming an automobile hub. The Ashok Leyland is establishing its 8th plant in Krishna district and importance would be given to locals in providing employment. 
Mr Naidu said that Kia motors of South Korea is establishing its car making unit in Anantapur district and Isuzu was also establishing its plant in the state. 
The Chief Minister informed that over 800 firms would be established at Mallapalli industrial area in the coming days. Mr.Naidu said that the farmers in the area had parted with 1,160 acres of their lands for the establishment of industrial hub. 
Ashok Leyland Chairman Deeraj G Hinduja said that they are proud to establish their bus body building unit in the state. Ashok Leyland CEO Vinod K Dasari said that by six months the plant would start manufacturing buses. UNI
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