‘Nashik to become defence hub’

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Nashik: “Government had approved 49% Foreign Direct Investment in defence sector earlier. Various facilities will be provided through Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation to private companies for production of defence related equipments and we are trying to make Nashik a defence hub, stated state Industries Minister Subhash Desai and confided that Nashik would become a manufacturing centre of defence related equipments. Desai who arrived in Nashik yesterday on the backdrop of the agriculture convention organised by Shiv Sena wass interacting with mediapersons.

Spare parts to defence projects in the country are being supplied from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. plant at Ojhar and various industries in Nashik. Defence related industries are situated in Satpur, Ambad and Sinnar industrial areas. Various types of products are being supplied to various parts of the country and abroad from these industries.

MiG and Sukhoi fighter planes are built in HAL plant at Ojhar. It purchased spare parts from private, micro, medium and small scale industries. The number of industries supplying spare parts has increased remarkably in Nashik in the last few years. Spare parts are being supplied to various industries manufacturing defence equipments in the country. As atmosphere in Nashik is conducive for expansion of industries supplying spare parts related to defence equipments, government is thinking of selecting Nashik, Desai informed.

As government has decided to give clearance to private industrialists for manufacture of defence equipments, atmosphere in Nashik is conducive for this. MIDC will provide basic facilities for industries here. Nashik will be known as defence hub for manufacturing of defence related spare parts, he said.

Mahindra has expanded significantly in Nashik. Agreement will be made with Jindal Poly Films Ltd and Nobel regarding investment in Nashik. Concept of ‘Make in Nashik’ is being implemented to provide impetus to industries in Nashik on the grounds of ‘Make in India’. ‘Make in Nashik’ expo has been organised at Mumbai on May 30th and 31st for formation of new industries in Nashik. Difficulties faced by industrialists in Nashik will be discussed in it, Desai informed.

Meanwhile, action will be taken against those industrialists who took plots in industrial area but have not set up industries there. A process has been started to take vacant plots back from them before taking action.

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