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The staqe set for setting up the first defense corridor of the country in Tamil Nadu

By kicking off the first inter active session with the local industry, defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman set the stage for setting up the first defence corridor of the country in Tamil Nadu which was announced in the last year’s Union budget. The second corridor will be set up in Uttar Pradesh. Subsequent to the announcement, the process has begun to set up these corridors.

 

The proposed corridors are part of the multiple measures the defence ministry is taking to promote indigenisation of the defence industry. The Tamil Nadu defence covers Chennai, Hosur, Salem, Coimbatore and Trichirapalli as Industrial nodes.           

As one of the first steps to initiate development of the Tamil Nadu Defence Corridor, an interactive meeting with local industry was held at Tiruchirappalli on   March 16th.  The meeting, which was attended by over 200 representatives from the industry, was addressed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.  Several Ministers and senior Officials of Tamil Nadu Government, Defense Ministry, Defence Public Sector Undertakings, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and Ordnance Factory Board were also present for the meeting. 

In her inaugural address, Ms Sitaraman gave a brief overview of the importance of the defence sector in the overall growth and development of the country and highlighted the importance of the proposed Defence Corridor in this respect. She sought the active support of all the stakeholders to make the project successful. 

Several presentations ranging from measures taken to promote indigenization and self-reliance in defence production, the industry friendly measures taken by the Tamil Nadu government, the envisaged role of the Public Sector Enterprises in the proposed Defence Corridor and the capabilities and expectations of the local industry were made. The presentations were followed by a vibrant question answer session.  

The Tamil Nadu Defence Corridor, also called the Tamil Nadu Defence Production Quad as the nodal cities form a quadrilateral, will include Chennai, Hosur, Salem and Coimbatore, Tiruchirappalli as nodes.  These nodal cities have existing defence ecosystem in the form of OFBs, vendors working with Defence PSUs, and other allied industries. The Tamil Nadu Defence Corridor aims to bolster interaction between all industry players in order to create long term synergy and eventual development of the area into a Defence Production powerhouse. 

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister also invited the local manufacturers to showcase their products related to defence supplies so as to attract the attention of more than 300 manufacturers expected to be present in the Def Expo 2018 scheduled between April 11th to 14th at Chennai.

 

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