Hindustan Motors is currently owned by SK Birla group while the Uttarpara factory was closed with the discontinuation of the Ambassador while the citizens want it to reopen.
Hindustan Motors is one of the oldest companies in the Indian automobile scenario with the Ambassador having served state officials till 2014, however, the general demand of the product was as good as zero and hence it was discontinued in 2014 followed by the closure of the automaker’s plant in Uttarpara, West Bengal where it was produced.
The people of Uttarpara want the state to take over Hindustan Motors that is currently owned by the SK Birla Group who wants to sell the facility. Citizens of the town marched from Birla More to Shastrinagar on Sunday demanding to reopen the factory as it provided huge employment.
Another concern of the citizens is the waterbody which comes in the premises of the factory and is under threat as a township is to be built on the land. People are also unhappy because Hindustan Motors has not paid some of the employees who have opted for voluntary retirement.
The government permitted the Birlas to sell a part of the land on a condition that they will have to reopen the manufacturing facility, however, the company failed to do so. Hindustan Motors has a joint venture with Mitsubishi in India and produces the Pajero Sport via the CKD route.
– The Hindustan Ambassador was produced at the plant in Uttarpara, West Bengal
– The plant was closed with the discontinuation of the Ambassador in 2014
– The citizens of Uttarpara want the state to take over Hindustan Motors and reopen the facility
– The plant used to provide employment to majority of the citizens before it was closed