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.
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
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
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
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.