New Delhi: “We have a new model of transport for the world.
These were the words that were heard at the launch of the new Lego truck, the world ‘world’s largest’, in New Delhi on Sunday.
The project was the brainchild of Indian minister for transport Gopal Rai, a member of the All India Progressive Alliance (AAP), who had earlier announced a $50 million investment in the truck and a Rs.1,000 crore plan to build it.
The truck, dubbed the ‘Maharashtra Truck’, is made out of lightweight aluminium and can carry up to 50 people, but the plan is to produce one lakh units of the truck annually.
Rai, who is a member on the Tata Group, said the truck would be built at a factory in the southern state of Kerala.
“Our truck will have the best safety features and technology,” Rai said.
“We will be able to build a model truck that can take over 80 people on the road in a single night, in less than five minutes.”
The truck will be a joint venture between Tata and Tata Steel, which is the largest cement producer in India.
Tata Steel is India’s largest cement company, with about 70,000 employees.
Rai said the plan was to build the truck at a steel plant in Kerala, in a bid to reduce the country’s reliance on imports.
“We will use a steel mill to build this truck,” he said.
Rajesh Singh, CEO of Tata Steel said the company had not yet finalized a number of details, including how much the truck will cost.
“It will be built on a very low scale, and it will be made from the lowest possible materials.
It will be 100% made from recycled steel,” he told AFP news agency.
The Maharashtra government, which has been grappling with the impact of a series of power cuts in recent months, said that the new truck was the first in the country to use recycled steel.
The state is home to the countrys largest steel mill, and has long been plagued by power cuts.
The state government is expected to decide later this month on the project.
India is home a huge number of companies and organisations, which have invested heavily in the auto sector in recent years, and in some cases have gone on to make some of the worlds most advanced vehicles.