GMR Group sets up defence manufacturing hub in Tamil Nadu
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.