Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda today disclosed that Government of India has declared Gurgaon-Manesar-Bawal belt as an Auto Hub.
He was speaking after giving away CNBC TV 18 Overdrive Awards-2012 for Excellence in Automobiles at New Delhi.
He said that State Government has decided to adopt the ‘cluster development’ approach for industrial progress. It plans to set up Government plans to set up common facility centres like standardization, quality testing and branding of products, in partnership with industry. These centres would not only address to the needs of MSMEs in the fields of Research and Development, but will also provide technology up-gradation support.
Referring to Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project, Mr Hooda said that a band of 150-200 kilometers is proposed to be developed on both sides of the Dedicated Fright Corridore (DFC) to create a globally competitive industrial base with Stae-of-the art infrastructure. The Mass Rapid Transport System (MRTS) between Gurgaon and Rewari, Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre and Multi-Modal Logistics Hub, have been identified as Early Bird Projects.
The Chief Minister said that Haryana has presence of three auto manufacturing companies – Maruti Suzuki, Hero Motocop and Honda Scooters & Motorcycles, which account for about 50 percent of the cars and 37 per cent of the two-wheelers manufactured in India. Besides, a number of ancillary comanies like Denso, Pricol, Ricco, Sona Steering, Minda, Omax, Jai Bharat Maruti etc. have also come up in the State. About 20 per cent of the total workforce in Haryana is employed in the automobile industry sector.
Talking about the new Industrial and Investment Policy, 2011, Mr Hooda said that the new policy aims at widening the investment horizons to relatively backward areas of the State. The State has attracted an investment of about Rs. 53000 crore since 2005 and an additional investment of more than Rs. 1,00,000 crore is in the pipeline. The focus sectors for investment include Automobile and Automotive Components, Agro-based, Food Processing & Allied Industry, Education and Skill Development, Electronics, Information & Communication Technology, Footwear and Accessories, Handloom, Textile, Health and Healthcare etc. Haryana has done well on exports front also, reaching Rs. 44,250 crore mark in 2010-11.
He also gave away CNBC TV 18 Overdrive Awards-2012 for Excellence in Automobiles. In all, 18 awards were given in different categories at the function. Maruti Suzuki Swift got the award of the Car of the Year and Honda CBR250R was declared as the Bike of the Year. Mahindra XUV500 was adjudged as the Sports Utility vehicle of the year and Jaypee Sports International (JPSI) got the Motorsport awrd of the year. Manufacturer of the year was Toyota Kirloskar Motors Volkswagen Jetta was adjudged as Executive Car of the year.
There were two Viewer’s Choice Awards also. For 2-wheelers, it went to Honda CBR250R and in 4-wheeler category, Mahindra XUV500 got the award.
The Chief Minister congratulated the award winners and expressed hope that this will enhance competitiveness for the better. He also appreciated the praiseworthy initiative of CNBC TV in organising these awards.