GMR Group sets up de­fence man­u­fac­tur­ing hub in Tamil Nadu

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The GMR Group, a lead­ing in­fra­struc­ture com­pany, is set­ting up an ‘Aero­space & De­fence Man­u­fac­tur­ing Hub’ at its Spe­cial In­vest­ment Re­gion, Ho­sur (GKSIR), Kr­ish­na­giri dis­trict in Tamil Nadu, to en­cour­age in­dige­nous pro­duc­tion of de­fence equip­ment. The project is a Joint Ven­ture (JV) be­tween GMR Group and the Tamil Nadu In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (TIDCO). Un­der this project, ap­prox­i­mately 600 acres of in­dus­trial land has been made ready for im­me­di­ate oc­cu­pa­tion.

BVN Rao, Busi­ness Chair­man, Trans­porta­tion and Ur­ban In­fra­struc­ture, GMR Group said, “This de­fence man­u­fac­tur­ing hub can po­ten­tially be a game changer for the re­gion. We will be pro­vid­ing all the nec­es­sary in­fra­struc­ture to at­tract global ma­jors to set up their man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties here. GKSIR Ho­sur is keen to set an in­ter­na­tional bench­mark.”

Un­der the ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive, the gov­ern­ment has re­cently an­nounced set­ting up of a De­fence In­dus­trial Pro­duc­tion Cor­ri­dor (DIPC) in Tamil Nadu. The cor­ri­dor will con­nect Ho­sur and Chen­nai – with Kat­tupalli port, Chen­nai, Tiruchi, Coim­bat­ore and Ho­sur as its key nodes and aims to pro­vide im­pe­tus to the de­fence pro­duc­tion in­dus­try in the coun­try and in the re­gion, in par­tic­u­lar. The pro­posed de­fence man­u­fac­tur­ing hub at GKSIR, Ho­sur is a step in mak­ing this vi­sion a re­al­ity.

The pro­posed hub is an ideal lo­ca­tion for de­fence re­lated man­u­fac­tur­ing. Ma­jor De­fence Public Sec­tor Un­der­tak­ings (DPSUs) like Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­ited (HAL), Bharat Elec­tron­ics Lim­ited (BEL), Bharat Earth Movers Lim­ited (BEML) and De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­ga­ni­za­tion (DRDO) are within 50 – 60 km. The hub also ben­e­fits from the es­tab­lished in­dus­trial ecosys­tem in Ho­sur. Over 700 MSMEs are en­gaged in pre­ci­sion en­gi­neer­ing in the re­gion. Prox­im­ity to Ban­ga­lore en­sures ready ac­cess to skilled man­power.

GMR Group, a lead­ing global in­fra­struc­ture con­glom­er­ate, has in­ter­ests in Air­port, En­ergy, Trans­porta­tion and Ur­ban In­fra­struc­ture, is listed on In­dian Stock Ex­changes. GMR Group’s Air­port port­fo­lio has around 156-mil­lion pas­sen­ger ca­pac­ity in op­er­a­tion and un­der de­vel­op­ment, com­pris­ing of In­dia’s busiest Indira Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port in New Delhi, Hyderabad’s Ra­jiv Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Mac­tan Cebu In­ter­na­tional Air­port in part­ner­ship with Me­gaw­ide in Philip­pines. While green­field projects un­der de­vel­op­ment in­clude Air­port at Mopa in Goa and Air­port at Her­ak­lion, Crete, Greece, in part­ner­ship with GEK Terna.

Re­cently, the GMR-Me­gaw­ide con­sor­tium has won the Clark In­ter­na­tional Air­port’s EPC project, the sec­ond project in Philip­pines. It is also de­vel­op­ing smart cities ad­ja­cent to Delhi and Hyderabad air­ports. The Group’s En­ergy busi­ness has a di­ver­si­fied port­fo­lio of around 7,000 MWs, of which 4,600 MWs of Coal, Gas and Re­new­able power plants are op­er­a­tional and around 2,330 MWs of power projects are un­der var­i­ous stages of con­struc­tion and de­vel­op­ment. The group also has coal mines in In­done­sia, where it has part­nered with a large lo­cal player.

Trans­porta­tion and Ur­ban In­fra­struc­ture divi­sion of the Group has 6 op­er­at­ing high­ways project span­ning over 2,000 lane kms. The Group has a large EPC or­der book of rail­way track con­struc­tion in­clud­ing Gov­ern­ment of In­dia’s mar­quee Ded­i­cated Freight Cor­ri­dor project. It is also de­vel­op­ing multi-prod­uct Spe­cial In­vest­ment Re­gions spread across 2,500 acre at Kr­ish­na­giri in Tamil Nadu and 10,400 acre at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh.

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