Ministry approves electronic cluster in Dharwad, Karnataka for tech development
The Indian government has taken another step towards making the country a hub for electronics manufacturing by approving a new greenfield for Electronics Manufacturing Cluster (EMC) in Dharwad, Karnataka.
The EMC, worth Rs 180 crore, is expected to create over 18,000 jobs and catalyze investments of over Rs 1,500 crore in the region.
The Kotur-Balur Industrial Area in the Dharwad District of Karnataka, where the EMC is being set up under the EMC 2.0 scheme, has a strategic location advantage and is well-connected with NH-48 and the Hubli Domestic Airport.
This will significantly reduce the logistics and transportation costs of the industry in the EMC, making it an attractive destination for electronics manufacturing companies.
Nine companies, including start-ups, have already committed to making investments of Rs 340 crore in the EMC, with an employment potential of 2,500 people.
The Centre has also approved a common facility centre (CFC) for the development of an advanced testing facility in Mysore, Karnataka, to meet the various testing requirements of the industry.
Karnataka is already emerging as a global electronics manufacturing hub, with Apple plants in Kolar (Wistron) and Devanahalli (Foxconn). The new investments in the region are creating jobs and boosting development. T
The government is committed to building India as a manufacturing hub as part of its ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ policies.
The Modified Electronics Manufacturing Cluster (EMC 2.0) scheme was introduced on 1st April 2020 with the objective of creating world-class infrastructure, including common testing facilities and ready-built factory sheds/plug and play infrastructure, to attract anchor units along with their supply chain to set up their manufacturing/production facility in the country.
Under the scheme, three electronics manufacturing clusters over an area of 1,337 acres with a project cost of Rs 1,903 crore, including Central financial assistance of Rs 889 crore, have been approved with a projected investment target of Rs 20,910 crore.
The establishment of the EMC in Dharwad is expected to provide a major boost to the electronics manufacturing industry in India, which has been a focus area for the government for some time now.
The government has been providing various incentives to encourage electronics manufacturing in India, such as the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme, which aims to increase local production of electronic goods and reduce imports.
The EMC in Dharwad is expected to create a robust ecosystem for the electronics industry by providing world-class infrastructure, skilled manpower, and a supportive policy framework.
The cluster will provide a platform for small and medium-sized enterprises to collaborate and scale up their operations, thereby contributing to the growth of the industry.
The cluster will also have a strong focus on research and development (R&D) to promote innovation and technology development in the electronics sector. This will not only help in creating new products but will also enhance the competitiveness of the industry by reducing the dependence on imports.
The establishment of the EMC in Dharwad is expected to provide a major boost to the state’s economy. Karnataka is already home to several major electronics manufacturing companies, and the new cluster is expected to attract more companies to the region.
The state has been actively promoting the electronics industry by providing various incentives, such as the Karnataka Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) policy, which aims to promote the development of the electronics industry in the state.
The policy provides various incentives, such as capital subsidies, tax exemptions, and interest-free loans, to encourage the establishment of new electronics manufacturing units in the state.
The new EMC in Dharwad is a significant step towards strengthening India’s position as a global electronics manufacturing hub.
With its strategic location, excellent connectivity, and supportive ecosystem, the new cluster is poised to attract significant investments and create numerous employment opportunities.
The government’s EMC 2.0 scheme and ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ policies are creating a conducive environment for the electronics industry, encouraging more investments and creating more jobs in the sector.