Union Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Friday laid the foundation stone for the new campus of the International Centre for Automotive Technology (iCAT) at Manesar in Haryana under the ministry's ongoing National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRiP).

Built with an investment of Rs.500 crore, iCAT will provide state-of-the-art testing, validation and research and development facilities to the automotive industry in the northern hub.

The tracks for homologation and testing laboratories in new technology areas of noise, vibration and harshness and passive safety will be a boon for both automotive original equipment manufacturers as well as component manufacturers.

The new facilities at the Manesar campus would include a power-train laboratory, engine dynamometers, emission laboratory with Euro-V capability, a fatigue laboratory, passive safety laboratory, and vehicle test tracks.

iCAT is now fully operational with complete homologations handled for component manufacturers.

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