The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) - the organisation that falls under the prerogative of the Ministry of Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises and who are responsible for green lighting every single vehicle that is sold in India have decided to open the facility for general visitors. The management of the ARAI reckons that the general public needs to be more aware of the organisation and therefore, will let any Indian citizen above the age of 25 to visit the facility.
The visit however, will be limited to the third Saturday of every month and only, 100 people at a time will be allowed in batches of 50 for a duration of two hours in the morning and in the evening. People who are interested in visiting the facility may visit the official ARAI website, download a form and email it across to the concerned personnel. The ARAI facility is located in Vetal Hill, Kothrud, Pune, Maharashtra and is about 25 km from the Pune Lohegaon airport and 12 km from the Pune railway station.
The ARAI institution was established in 1966 and is responsible for testing of automobiles and other connected industries, in accordance to the guidelines, regulations and norms mentioned in the Central Motor Vehicle Rules (CMVR.) The institution has state of the art infrastructure and highly qualified staff, who undertake the tasks of certification, testing, R&D and homologation of automobiles in India.