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India's Detroit 'struggles' as new states become growth drivers

The auto industry is at risk of taking on another characteristic of the American city - the demise of a manufacturing powerhouse

Iain Marlow Ganesh Nagarajan & Archana Chaudhary | Bloomberg 

It’s quiet as Ruchak Khanter walks across his factory in the southern Indian city of Chennai. Stacked piles of unsold stainless steel plates, trays and bowls cover the floor, industrial stamping machines lay idle and most of his workers have been sent home. “There’s literally no work,” Khanter said, citing the new nationwide goods and services tax (GST) and the decline in his state’s competitiveness as others regions lure investment. He’s considering moving to Ahmedabad in Gujarat, some 1,850 km to the north. “A lot of industries have ...

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First Published: Thu, December 07 2017. 01:50 IST