Plan to improve infrastructure in industrial clusters

COIMBATORE Sept. 26. An "industrial infrastructure development scheme" is being finalised by the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry to bolster infrastructural requirements of industrial clusters to make them centres of excellence, the Director, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Vijay Kumar Janjua, said here today.

Inaugurating a conference on "Latest trends in manufacturing", organised jointly by the Confederation of Indian Industry and the Central Manufacturing Technology Institute, he said lack of infrastructure was one of the hurdles for the Indian manufacturing industry to become globally competitive.

Under the scheme, it was planned to cover 20-25 clusters in different parts of the country in five years. It would be implemented by a special purpose vehicle involving local industries. Some initiatives were already on to develop the foundry cluster here.

The Chairman, CII, Coimbatore Zone, V. Paramasivam, said that with the availability of natural resources, cheap labour and huge domestic market, India had the potential to become a manufacturing base. The CII had identified a number of manufacturing centres and these would be designated as "manufacturing centres of excellence".

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