Industry associations bat for big automobile manufacturing unit

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Jan 2018 09:52:00


Business Bureau,

A delegation of industries associations under the leadership of MP Krupal Tumane recently met Anant Geete, Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Sector Enterprises in New Delhi. The delegation comprised Nitin Lonkar, President of Butibori Manufacturers Association (BMA), Capt C M Randhir, President of MIDC Industries Association (MIA) and CA Milind Kanade, Secretary of Federation of Industries Associations of Vidarbha (FIAV).
Nitin Lonkar requested Geete to bring maximum number of big industries in Vidarbha to erase the industrial backwardness.

“We want more big industries in Vidarbha so that ancillary units should come up which will offer ample employment to local people,” he said. He said, Vedanta’s manufacturing plant of liquid crystal display (LCD) is proposed in Additional Butibori Area. However, it needs momentum from the Union Ministry of Heavy Industries for execution.

Butibori has stockyard of Maruti Suzuki spread on 60 acres of land. However, Butibori Industrial Estate needs a big automobile manufacturing unit which would create a large room for automobile ancillary units. “We already have ready infrastructure, logistically central location, skilled manpower, erratic power and water supply etc. A big automobile manufacturing unit will give facelift to Vidarbha,” he said.

A big automobile manufacturing unit has potential to give direct employment to 3,000 people and indirect to 30,000 people. “We want to create automobile cluster in Vidarbha particularly Nagpur as it is well connected to road, rail and air. A big automobile manufacturing unit not only give boost to ancillary units but other sectors like real estate, hospitality, healthcare, education etc,” Lonkar noted.

CA Milind Kanade said, land acquisition for BHEL’s photo voltaic cell (PVC) has been done in Pipla village, Sakoli Tehsil, which involves an investment of Rs 5,000 crore. Once the plant gets commissioned, it would offer direct employment to 5,000 people and indirect employment to 50,000 people. The plant would generate non conventional energy and reduce greenhouse effect. “We will save Forex as it is import substitute product,” he added.

Kanade said, “Government is giving more emphasis to ban internal combustion (IC) engines by 2030 and use alternate fuels like hydrogen cells and electric vehicles. In such vehicles, there is more use of photo voltaic cell. It will give fillip to direct current (DC) drives units in the region,” he suggested. He said, Union Ministry for Heavy Industries should see that the BHEL project should see the light of day as early as possible.

Capt C M Randhir said, Mahindra and Mahindra’s Traction Division has changed the face of Hingna Industrial Estate. “Likewise, we want big automobile manufacturing unit,” he said. MP Krupal Tumane said, Vidarbha needs more indusrtrialisation and for this all the industries associations in Vidarbha are always ready to become partners with Government in the growth story. Union Minister Anant Geete assured the delegation that he would take positive steps to bring industrialisation in Vidarbha.