Maharashtra 1st to get major manufacturing investment of Modi government
Days after the Narendra Modi government was sworn in for a second term, Maharashtra became the first state to get a major manufacturing investment — ₹350 crore — for the second phase of Harman, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. The expansion of its automotive electronics manufacturing plant at Chakan, Pune, was on Monday inaugurated by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis in the presence of NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant.
Fadvanis after inaugurating the second phase of the plant, said, “This is the first major manufacturing investment by a top global corporation, post-2019 general elections.”
The plant will ensure substantial growth in production of digital cockpit units and telematics control units.
After the inauguration of the plant, Fadnavis said global investors are the brand ambassadors of the state as their experience helps in bringing in more investment, rather than the government approaching global players for investment. “Maharashtra had become the automobile hub of India with a market share of 38% in the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi rightly calls Pune the Detroit of India as it has immense potential to be a global hub. All global brands in the sector have their facilities in Maharashtra and they have been continuously adding to their capacity,” he said.
Fadnavis said that Maharashtra has a total eco-system developed for the industry, with the help of better law and order, availability of best human resources and industry-friendly initiatives, among others. “In the second term of Modi government, it is time for more dynamic policies, since the course-correction phase has been over and we intend to attract investment by making it more hassle-free,” he said.
Harman’s Chakan plant, established in 2014, is part of Harman’s global automotive manufacturing network. The second phase inaugurated on Monday will help the company increase its production capacity by three times by 2021. Kant said that India is set on a high trajectory of growth rate by undertaking a series of structural reforms across the sectors. “They will help us catalyse private-sector investments and job creation,” he said.
Harman will also double its factory headcount to about 800 employees in the same time period.
Harman will install four new world-class SMT production/assembly lines, scaling from existing two to six lines, to meet the growing demands for innovative connected car solutions globally.
Amid massive controversy in Maharashtra over AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi's recent visit to Mughal emperor Aurangzeb's tomb in the state's Aurangabad, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which protects the monument, announced on Thursday the monument was being closed for five days.
Three labourers were killed and 11 injured when a truck ran over them on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway near Asoda toll plaza in Jhajjar's Bahadurgarh area early on Thursday, police said. Eleven of them were rushed to the civil hospital in Bahadurgarh from where 10 workers were referred to Rohtak's Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, where their condition is stated to be critical. Four labourers escaped unhurt.
Several schools across Karnataka have declared holidays with the state lashed by heavy rains this week; capital Bengaluru is on 'yellow alert' for Thursday. Bengaluru reeled under heavy downpours on Tuesday and Wednesday, when more than 3,000 houses flooded and properties worth lakhs of rupees was damaged. Districts like Dakshina Kannada, Shivamogga, Mandya and Mysuru have also announced holidays for their schools and sent those who attended back home.
In a move that will greatly boost Karnataka's Health and Medical Education sector, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Mansukh Mandaviya gave a green signal for establishing an All India Institute Of Medical Science in Karnataka. The assurance was given during a meeting between Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar and Union Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya in New Delhi on Wednesday.
For the first time in the history of Karnataka, the state has opened a mental health tele-helpline for students who are in distress as they await their Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) for Class 10 results on Wednesday. "Success and failure are a part of life and they are like two faces of the same coin. SSLC students expecting results must not lose hope at all costs," said Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar today.