Defence Corridor Gives Big Push To UP Economy
The UP government has fast-tracked the acquisition of 200 acre of land for the Brahmos project to be set up in the Lucknow node of the Defence corridor project. BRAHMOS Aerospace is the joint venture of DRDO and NPO Mashinostroeyenia of Russia. A delegation from the Company has already seen the land in Sarojini Nagar of Lucknow on August 24 for setting up the BRAHMOS production unit। Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had specially requested CM Yogi Adityanath to allot the 200 acres of land in Lucknow at just Rs 1 lease cost to BRAHMOS Aerospace.
BRAHMOS Aerospace has told the UP government that it will start civil construction within three months of getting possession of the land in Lucknow and is slated to manufacture more than 100 BRAHMOS missiles in the next three years. The next-generation BRAHMOS and other missiles will be manufactured here at a modern production facility to be set up with an investment of Rs 300 crore.
The Yogi government is planning a ceremony of the defence corridor in Uttar Pradesh from Aligarh in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon. This will be a major fillip for the defence industry in the state.
The UP government has also allotted 74 hectares of land to 22 defence companies in Aligarh with a confirmed investment of nearly Rs 1250 crore. The land registry for 19 of those companies has also been completed and infrastructure works construction are in full swing.
The UP government is inviting the PM for the ceremony in Aligarh. “The PM is laying the foundation stone of Raja Mahendra Pratap State University in Aligarh on September 14. We are trying for the Defence Corridor project to be unveiled the same day in Aligarh by him. The plan is however not final yet,” a senior official said.
The biggest investment in the Aligarh node of the Defence Corridor for Rd 550 crore is going to be done by Ancor Research Labs LLP to produce drones and an investment of Rs 150 crore by Syndicate Innovations International Ltd to produce small arms and ammunition. Other companies allotted land here will produce precision equipment, optical sights, metallic parts for grenades and explosives.