Battery manufacturer Amara Raja officially opened "one of India's largest, and Telangana's first Gigafactory" on Saturday with a ceremony at Diviti Palli in the Mahabubnagar district. State IT and industries minister KT Rama Rao was also present.

The gigafactory will create lithium batteries with a maximum combined capacity of 5GWh and 16GWh, respectively.

The business previously announced that it would invest more than Rs 9,500 crore over a ten-year period in Telangana to establish a greenfield manufacturing plant for lithium-ion battery production.

About 4,500 people will be employed directly by the plant, and a comparable number will be employed indirectly. These jobs will significantly advance the socioeconomic progress of the area.

“This facility will be equipped with advanced laboratories and testing infrastructure for material research, prototyping, product life cycle analysis, and Proof of Concept demonstration. This will cater to the development needs of the Amara Raja as well as provide a range of facilities open to other players in the energy and mobility ecosystem,” the company said in a release.

Minister Rama Rao said, ''Electric mobility remains a focus area for the Telangana government and we are committed to developing the right infrastructure and ecosystem for the promotion and adoption of EVs.”

He stated that Telangana has been a pioneer in embracing sustainability, therefore it is an honour for the state to commemorate the groundbreaking of Amara Raja Batteries' first plant for manufacturing lithium cells and battery packs.

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