The National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRiP) will set up seven new automotive design and testing centers as per the best global standards. This project is said to be fully operational by December 2016.
NATRiP will be setting up its seven new facilities at Maneshwar, Bangalore, Rai Bareli, Silchar, Indore, Pune, and Chennai. These centers will be carrying out the front and side crash tests for the vehicles. With NATRiP centers being fully operational, the government is hoping for the test facility to favor manufacturers in producing safer cars.
"NATRiP's centers will be all ready by the year end. The infotronics laboratory and crash testing labs will be operational by June this year and the high-speed testing track will come up in two years", said Sanjay Bandopadhyay, CEO of NATRiP.
Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has already set October 2017 as the deadline for mandatory crash test for new models and October 2019 for existing cars.