A automotive for Prime Minister Narendra Modi has led to large speculations about its hefty price ticket, mentioned to be Rs 12 crore. PM Modi’s latest automotive is a Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Guard, an improve from the Vary Rover Vogue and the Toyota Land Cruiser that he used till lately.
The automotive, nonetheless, prices a lot lower than what’s being reported within the media, sources have mentioned, including the precise price is about one-third of the worth doing the rounds on social media. Two such automobiles have been purchased for the Prime Minister.
The brand new automobiles are usually not an improve however a routine alternative after BMW stopped making the mannequin that was used beforehand, sources mentioned.
The safety element of the Particular Safety Group, or SPG, follows a norm of six years to switch autos utilized by folks whom they’re tasked to guard.
The earlier automobiles had been utilized by PM Modi for eight years. A safety audit flagged this and raised concern that it will weaken safety, sources mentioned.
Decisions on buying assets for enhancing a protectee’s safety are primarily based on risk notion. They’re determined by the SPG with out taking the views of the folks whom they shield, sources mentioned.
“The widespread discussions on the security measures of the protectee’s automotive isn’t in nationwide curiosity because it places in public area plenty of pointless element. This solely threatens the lifetime of the protectee,” an official with direct information of the matter informed wantpassport, asking to not be recognized.
Sources mentioned PM Modi has not given any desire on which automobiles to make use of, however Congress chief Sonia Gandhi used Vary Rovers that have been purchased for former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.
The Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Guard gives the best stage of armoured safety accessible on a manufacturing automotive. The automotive can face up to high-calibre bullets, because of the upgraded home windows and physique shell.
Energy comes from a 6-litre twin-turbo V12 engine. The highest pace is restricted to 160 kmph. The automotive additionally will get particular run-flat tyres that may proceed to perform in case of harm or puncture to make sure a fast getaway.