The central government has planned to set up two new defence corridors. One in Uttar Pradesh and one in Tamil Nadu. To develop and increase the manufacture of defence products, the Indian government in its latest union budget sanctioned the idea of placing some more defence corridors following the 'Makein India' project.
On Friday Regarding the setup of defence corridors, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has held a meeting at Trichy with local industries to take their feedback about the setup and production of defence products indigenously. According to the Ministry of Defence, a corridor is planned to place up in Tamil Nadu by connecting major cities like Chennai, Hosur, Selam, Coimbatore and Trichy.
Around 200 defence representatives were presented at the Trichy meeting on Friday. In that meet, Nirmala Sitharaman said that the Trichy is one of the existing ecosystems to discuss the ideas of defence corridor. She also said the Defence Ministry has planned to conduct a DefExpo on defence products and needs at Mahabalipuram in the dates of April 11 to 14 of this year. She invited local industries to make their presence at the Expo to showcase their products. Previously a DefExpo had been conducted by the Ministry at Coimbatore last month is to be noted.
She said that the defence corridor will closely encourage the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises to work with Defence Public Sector in future.
The Defence officials said that Tamil Nadu was a chosen ecosystem for the setup defence corridor as it was already been expertise in components designing and manufacturing. The defence ministry has planned to revitalize the DPSUs across Tamil Nadu with more concentration of Ordnance Factory of Trichirapalli(OFT).
Finally, Sitharaman said as soon as possible Tamil Nadu will pose as a hub for defence production in South East Asia.