Days after US billionaire Elon Musk said that Tesla’s launch in India was facing a ‘lot of challenges’, he has received invitations from two more states, including Maharashtra and Punjab for help.
Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao has already coaxed Tesla Inc’s chief executive to set up shop in his state and said that his government would be ‘happy to partner Tesla is working through the challenges'.
On Sunday, Maharashtra Water Resources Minister Jayant Patil, in a reply to Musk’s tweet, said, “Maharashtra is one of the most progressive states in India. We will provide all the necessary help for you to get established. We invite you to establish your manufacturing plant in the state.”
Punjab State Congress Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu harped on the Punjab Model, offering to ‘‘create Ludhiana as a hub for Electric Vehicles and battery industry with time-bound single window clearance for investment that brings new technology to the state, creates green jobs, walking on a path of environment preservation and sustainable development.”
Not to be left behind, TMC minister Ghulam Rabbani, too, has offered to roll out the red carpet for Musk. Stating that Bengal means business, Rabani urged Musk in a tweet: “Drop here, we in West Bengal have the best infrastructure and Mamata Banerjee has a vision.”
As reported by The Free Press Journal, the Maharashtra government is in constant touch with the Tesla team and has repeated several times offers for setting up a manufacturing plant, the opening of sale centres and EV-charging infrastructure, including stations.
The government has offered the company land parcels in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, as well as in the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation-run industrial estates in Mumbai, Pune and some other spots.
A state industry department representative will continue talks with Tesla’s supply chain and investment teams in the coming week to take forward its invitation.
A senior industry department officer told The Free Press Journal on Sunday, “Maharashtra, as the lead player in the auto industry, electrical and electronic manufacturing, has the maximum supply chain for the EV sector. Even known vendors of some major EV players are mostly from Maharashtra. The state is in continuous engagement with Tesla to handhold them through a smooth start by facilitating support infrastructure and other utilities. The state is actively pursuing matters with the company.”
Earlier, Industries Minister Subhash Desai said Tesla Inc was in talks with the Maharashtra government to set up a manufacturing unit in the state. “The company (Tesla) is eager to start a retail outlet for the sale of its electric vehicles in Maharashtra,” Desai said.
Further, Tourism and Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray, along with Desai, recently participated in a virtual meeting with the Tesla team and invited the company to invest in Maharashtra.
“I was present not just because of the investment but because of my firm belief in electric mobility and sustainability. We are firmly committed to policy-building and changes for sustainable development and I believe that electric mobility, supported by renewable energy, is the way ahead. Let’s hope we can help this thought become mainstream soon,” he said.