The much talked about and much awaited- Brownfield electronic cluster common facility centre project is gearing up to launch within next three months. The project is established by the MCCIA (Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture).
Wg Cdr (retd) Shalak Gandhi, managing director (MD) designate of MCCIA Electronic Cluster Foundation (MECF), to Hindustan Times
Work on the Rs 67 crores project has commenced and actual infrastructure work at Bhosari will begin in the coming quarter.
There are total three Brownfield electronic cluster projects which has been approved by the central government. While MECF in Pune is the biggest one, with Rs 50 crores central aid, the other two clusters are located at Mysore (Rs 21 crores) and Aurangabad (Rs 20.5 crores).
It is expected that by 2020, the electronic import bill will cross the oil imports and demand for electronic hardware is projected to be USD 400 billion by 2020 with 75% of it expected to be met by imports.
The objective of the central government’s National Policy on Electronics (NPE) is to bridge this demand supply gap. Providing basic infrastructure to electronics manufacturing companies and set up testing and R&D facilities of international standards, is the part of their policy.
So far, 69 electronic cluster zones have been notified in the country, out of which nine cluster zones are in Maharashtra. Pune was declared a Brownfield electronic cluster in December 2013.
MCCIA president Pramod Chaudhary said,
This cluster is very important to Pune. Currently there are small companies that operate from Bhosari and Satara road. With this cluster, electronic companies can utilise the services that this cluster will offer. It will boost domestic production, reduce imports and become an export hub. MCCIA has offered 27,000 sq ft of its land at Bhosari towards this initiative.
The MCCIA has set up MECF as a chief promoter. Ajay Bhagwat of Renu Electronics was designated as chairman, whereas, Wg Cdr (retd) Gandhi was appointed as MD designate.
Throwing light on the infrastructure scenario, Gandhi said,
The cluster aims to improve the infrastructure in the region, provide a common facility centre (CFC) and give a boost to the electronic ecosystem of this region.
Information source: hindustantimes
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