Two days after a controversy engulfed the KIA Motors production plant in Andhra Pradesh, the company on Friday, 7 February, put out an official statement clarifying its stand. The statement said that the reports about shifting the KIA manufacturing facility out of Andhra Pradesh are untrue.On Wednesday, Reuters had reported that KIA Motors was planning to shift its $1 billion plant from Andhra’s Anantapur to Tamil Nadu. The report kicked up a controversy, as the YSRCP government in Andhra had begun to earn a reputation for driving away investments and projects from the state.The statement from KIA further read, “We are receiving full support from the State Government of Andhra Pradesh… KIA has a long term commitment to India market and has made an investment of $1.1 billion in the manufacturing plant at Anantapur.”Auto Expo 2020: Kia Sonet Compact SUV Will Rival Hyundai VenueReuters had reported that KIA Motors was facing problems in Andhra Pradesh, and that the automobile firm was in “preliminary negotiations” with the Tamil Nadu government to shift its plant from the state.The report cited a senior government official and two other sources as stating that more clarity is expected after a secretary-level meeting next week.Both the Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu governments have already denied the Reuters report.Rajat Bhargava, the special chief secretary for Industries, Investments and Commerce in Andhra Pradesh, called the report ‘completely baseless’. He stated that Andhra’s partnership with KIA Motors is going strong, with the firm planning to increase their production capacity from 2 lakh units to 3 lakh units per annum by the end of 2020.YSRCP National Secretary V Vijayasai Reddy and Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath have also categorically denied the news.KIA Motors’ Andhra plant was set up in 2019 during the previous Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP government. The company invested Rs 12,900 crore in the manufacturing unit, which is located in Penukonda, Anantapur. Though the unit has been rolling out cars since August, Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy was invited for an inauguration event in December 2019.Kia Carnival Launched, Prices Start at Rs 24.95 Lakh(This story was first published in The News Minute and has been republished with permission.) We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.