Aerospace is also one area where the Tamil Nadu government is looking so that there is a specialised aerospace park established in Oragadam near Chennai.
The Tamil Nadu government is impressing upon Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to set up a manufacturing unit at Salem as the state has been chosen for establishing the Centre’s ambitious defence corridor.
In a recent report by PTI, it has been stated that the move is a part of the ‘Make in India’ programme to catalyse indigenous production in defence manufacturing.
D P Yadav, Secretary (MSME) to the Tamil Nadu government told PTI that they are looking at a big chunk of land in Salem. He further informed that in order to do so they are talking to HAL to find out the possibility of HAL coming forward to set up a manufacturing facility.
Eye on aerospace facility too
Apart from the manufacturing facility, aerospace is also one area where the Tamil Nadu government is looking so that there is a specialised aerospace park established in Oragadam near Chennai.
Regarding the timeline, Yadav informed that the Ministry of Defence is working on the issue and has deployed an agency to work on the corridor.
The Tamil Nadu Defence Industrial Corridor is also called the Tamil Nadu Defence Production Quad as the nodal cities form a quadrilateral with one of them at the centre. The corridor will include Chennai, Hosur, Salem, Coimbatore and Tiruchirappalli as nodes.
Besides Tamil Nadu, the Centre had announced another Defence Corridor in Uttar Pradesh to propel indigenous manufacturing in the country’s most strategic area.
An outlay of Rs 3.05 lakh crore was set aside for the defence budget for 2019-20, which was a hike of around Rs 20,000 crore compared to the allocation of Rs 2.85 lakh crore in the previous fiscal.