South Korean car major, the Hyundai Motors is annoyed with the poor road infrastructure for cargo movement from its factory to the Chennai port. Hyundai has reminded the Tamil Nadu government of the promise to start a rail link from its manufacturing plant that is located outside Chennai to assist easy and fast transport of the containers.
India is the manufacturing center for the production of small cars like Hyundai i10. The transport of the export delivery is done by road which covers a distance of around 40 kms from its factory in Sriperumbudur to the port.
The road not only has poor infrastructure but also time restrictions. As per the stipulations of the state government, trucks carrying commercial cargo can only transport between 9 pm and 6 am accompanied by strangle roads, leading to delays and other difficulties.
Hyundai India president Mr. Ashok Jha said, "We have requested the Tamil Nadu government for the rail link from our factory as this is very crucial for our operations and export commitments."
He also added that the said provision of a rail link was also a part of the MoU, the company had signed with the Tamil Nadu government almost a decade ago. It is not something that we are raising afresh. We just hope the state government facilitates the provision of the rail link."
With the success of the i10 model, the company is steadily structuring its export pool from India.