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Giving all govt support required to industrial units in Noida, Greater Noida: Prasad

He spoke at Samsung’s mobile manufacturing unit expansion event in Noida

noida Updated: Jun 07, 2017 23:59 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times
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HC Hong, president and CEO, Samsung Electronics, with Union IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad at the event in Noida.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

Union minister of electronics, information technology (IT), and law and justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad, on Wednesday said that Noida and Greater Noida are emerging as mobile manufacturing hubs and can become a Singapore in terms of electronics manufacture.

The minister was speaking at the mobile manufacturing unit expansion event of Samsung India Electronics in Noida’s Sector 81. The Noida authority had in October 2016 allotted 30 acres of industrial land to Samsung India Electronics, which aims to expand its smartphone manufacturing unit in Noida. Samsung already had one industrial unit on an around 45-acre plot in Phase-2 industrial area in the same sector.

“Noida and Greater Noida have the potential to become a Singapore soon in terms of manufacturing of electronics products. And Samsung can become a global manufacturing lion,” said Prasad.

Noida houses 600 IT units, mostly along the Noida Expressway in sectors 125, 126, 127 and 135 among others. Around 1.5 lakh IT professionals are working with various IT firms, BPO units and MNCs operating from Noida. IT major Infosys is also developing its campus in Noida with an investment of Rs1, 354 crore.

Apart from IT services, Noida has also become a hub of smartphone makers. Chinese smartphone maker Oppo has its manufacturing unit in Noida and is also planning to build a 110-acre manufacturing unit in neighbouring Greater Noida. Lava opened its first mobile manufacturing unit in Noida’s Sector 58 in 2015 and also decided to set up another unit along Yamuna Expressway near Greater Noida. China’s Vivo Mobile too is based in Greater Noida.

“India’s digital story is beginning to unfold. We aim to make 50 crore smartphones in the next two to three years. We are giving all the support that is required from the government,” said Prasad.

Uttar Pradesh industries minister Satish Mahana and minister of state (independent charge), sugarcane, sugar mills and industrial development Suresh Rana were also present at the event in Noida.

Mahana said he will ensure that setting up of industrial units gets speedy clearances.

“The Samsung team came up to me in Lucknow and expressed their intention to leave UP and set up their unit in another state because the system was not supporting them. I took them to chief minister Yogi Adityanath and we expedited the clearances required. Earlier, they were investing Rs2,000 crore, but now Samsung is investing Rs4,915 crore in its Noida unit,” said Mahana.

“We have directed Noida and Greater Noida to simplify the building layout map approval for industrial units so that interested industrialists can invest here. We want to encourage industries and create jobs for the youth,” he added.

First Published: Jun 07, 2017 23:56 IST