Thiruvanathapuram, February 5 2016: A Defence Industry Park is slated to come up soon in Palakkad, Kerala. The Kerala Industrial Infrastructure obtained ‘Final Approval’ clearance from the cedntral Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, to set up a KINFRA Defence Park at Ottapalam, Palakkad district as part of the Make in India- Make in Kerala Project.
The project is intended to create a Defence Park with all common infrastructure facilities for the component manufacturers of the defence Industry with Central Assistance. The scheme will be implemented by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.
KINFRA has acquired 60 acres of land for setting up Defence Park at Ottappalam , adjacent to KINFRA SME Park. The Industrial units in the cluster will be given shared infrastructure facilities for innovative product development. KINFRA proposes to develop infrastructure facilities in the proposed Defence Park which includes dedicated power, continuous water supply, communication facilities, offering plug and play arrangement for easy start up of Industrial units at minimum cost and time. It is also being envisaged to create facility for instant global access through a state-of-the-art communication network.
Common infrastructure facilities will include:Tool Room, Environment Testing Facility, Training Facility, Warehouse, R&D, Incubation Center & Office Space, Quality Certification Centre.
The project cost including land is around Rs 2.31 billion and a Central assistance of Rs.500 million is expected. According to KINFRA MD, Dr. G.C. Gopala Pillai, the Park could start ventures in one year and reach maximum production in two years
IndiaTechOnline comment: The proposed Defence Park in Palakkad district Kerala is a shrewd move by the Kerala government. The state has seen very little industrial activity centered around Defence -- except occasional projects farmed out to KELTRON. Recent years saw Thiruvananthapuram go on the missile production map, when In 2007, BrahMos Aerospace acquired Kerala Hitech Industries Limited in the state capital and converted it into BrahMos Aerospace Trivandrum Ltd.
With the central government slated to open up defence procurement to private enterprise following the VK Aatre committee report, Kerala will be in a good position to attract early entrants to the sector, by offering a ready-to-use common infrastructure, thereby reducing the investment of individual players
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