ARAI stands for Automotive Research Association of India. On January 4, 2016, they inaugurated an all-new Homologation and Technology Centre in Chakan, Pune. The facility is situated at the epicentre of India's automotive manufacturing hub.
ARAI was celebrating its golden jubilee and the inauguration was part of their celebration. The celebrations was inaugrated by Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Also present at the inauguration was Anant Geete, Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.
A total investment of Rs. 370 crore was needed for the inauguration of the new centre. NATRiP provided an investment of Rs. 100 crore and ARAI offered Rs. 270 crore. The new centre is set under the National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project or NATRiP.
ARAI promises the new centre will be a state-of-the-art and will boast of the latest equipment for the automotive sector. An Automotive Electronics Laboratory will be present, along with Powertrain Laboratory, Passive Safety Laboratory, Materials and Fatigue Laboratory.
Every Laboratory will cater to the various needs of the automotive sector. The new centre has been strategically located in Chakan, Pune. The Indian Government is getting more stringent on emission norms and the new centre will make sure that fuel, emission, and safety is the top priority.