Foxconn, a Taiwan-based multinational electronics contracts manufacturing company, is eyeing 200 hectares of land at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust as it is keen to set up a billion-dollar plant, sources said to media.
JNPT is a shipping port off Mumbai and accounts for a huge chunk of India’s import-export trade.
Confirming the development, JNPT chairperson Anil Diggikar said, “Foxconn has requested 200 hectares and we will examine the file.”
Senior government officials had earlier revealed that the Indo-Chinese standoff at Doklam had led to the delay in setting up of the project.
Officials of the JNPT and Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari held a meeting with Foxconn officials recently. The company, however, did not respond to the emails, calls and messages from this newspaper.
JNPT deputy chairperson Neeraj Bansal said, “One of the probable location is JNPT. We are waiting for the entire proposal so that we can take it forward. We want to understand what kind of land they need.”
JNPT Mumbai handles over 40 per cent of Indian export-import volumes. Under the Sagarmala initiative, 14 SEZs are being set up across the country.