Two electronic manufacturing clusters for Hyderabad cleared

Indo Asian News Service

Hyderabad, July 15 (IANS) Two greenfield Electronic Manufacturing Clusters (EMCs) will come up in Hyderabad at a cost of Rs.940 crore with the central government clearing the proposal, said a state minister Monday.

Information and Communication Technology Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah told reporters Monday that the steering committee on clusters of the central government's department of electronics and Information Technology gave in-principle approval for the two EMCs.

The first cluster will come up at eCity on the outskirts of Hyderabad in an area of 602 acres at a cost of Rs.580 crore.

The Electronics Industries Association of Andhra Pradesh has committed to invest major part of the estimated Rs.1,800 crore investment in this EMC.

This would have an SEZ (Special Economic Zone) area of 263 acres and non-SEZ area of 339 acre and it is expected to create 35,000 jobs directly besides providing indirect employment of 2.1 lakh people.

Another EMC would come up at Maheshwaram in Ranga Reddy district, also on the outskirts of Hyderabad. This 310 acre greenfield cluster would be developed at a cost of Rs.360 crore.

The second EMC is expected to attract an investment of Rs.800 crore and create direct employment for 14,000 people, besides indirect employment for 84,000.

The minister said the government was to trying to attract investment from industry associations like Electronic Industries Association of India (ELCINA) and Manufacturers' Association for Information Technology (MAIT).

Lakshmaiah said the proposal for setting up a third EMC at Parawada in Visakhapatnam ovet 100 acres was under the consideration of the central government.

He pointed out that Andhra Pradesh already has 300 electronic hardware manufacturing units, which are doing a business of Rs 6,500 crore.

Six brown-field electronic clusters are already existing in Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Medak, Chittoor, Krishna and Visakhapatnam districts.