Status of Defence Corridor Projects
The Defence Industrial Corridors (DICs) have been established in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu with an aim to attract over Rs 10,000 crore investment in each of the two Defence-Industrial Corridors. As per information received from Government of Uttar Pradesh, for Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor (UPDIC), 63 Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) have been signed as on date with potential investment of Rs 8,764 crore. Current actual investment in Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor is Rs 1,552 crore. Further, as per information received from Government of Tamil Nadu, in Tamil Nadu Defence Industrial Corridor (TNDIC), arrangements have been made through MoUs etc. for potential investment of Rs 11,103 crore by 39 industries. Current actual investment in Tamil Nadu Defence Industrial Corridor is Rs 2,217 crore. The respective State Governments provide and support development of infrastructure facilities like connecting Roads, Electricity, Water and Sewage systems etc. for the development of the corridors.
The Memorandum presented by the Minister of Industries in Tamil Nadu to the Union Minister of Defence in September 2021 contained proposals for setting up of Testing and Certification infrastructure, DRDO labs, Commercial Production units for AEWCS, Transfer of Defence land, and formation of Joint Venture (JV) with HAL etc. The concerned Department/ Organisations have been advised to take appropriate action as per their extant guidelines and procedures.