DINDIGUL: An engineering cluster, first of its kind in the state, was formed at E. Chithur village near Eriyode on Sunday to manufacture components and supply to the BHEL, Tiruchi.
Sprawling over 95 acres, 30 km away from Dindigul, the engineering cluster will have massive training and sophisticated testing centres and a common workshop on 15 acres. Twenty five workshops will be established in the cluster. All sheds are spacious to meet all industrial requirements. The entrepreneurs of this cluster will manufacture components for boiler unit of the BHEL only. The BHEL engineers will train the work force of these industrial units from manufacturing to packing and transportation. Talking to press persons after disbursing loans of Rs.4.75 crore to 19 entrepreneurs on the cluster premises on Sunday, BHEL General Manager G. Ramakrishna said that BHEL had determined to do a business of Rs.10,000 crore this year. In 1969, it had only 20 outsourcing companies.
This was the first cluster in the state. The BHEL will would offer technical advice, technical drawing and training to employees of components manufacturers for a three-year period, he added.
“If these industries attain the quality and perfection, they can directly supply the components to the buyers’ unit directly for commissioning the boilers,” he added.
BHEL Additional General Manager T.V. Krishnan said production target of 2009-10 was 3.85 lakh tonnes of pressure parts and non-pressure parts. Target for next year is 4.10 lakh tonnes.
The KVIC Director (Madurai Division) M.T. Wakode said the KVIC was ready to sanction loan to more entrepreneurs of this cluster which would generate employment opportunities in rural areas and prevent migration of labour from villages. Dindigul District Small and Tiny Industries Owners Association president K. R Thangaraj explained salient features of the cluster. BHEL-Small Industries Association president Rajappa Rajkumar said that recent recession did not affect their units owing to massive support of BHEL.