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‘Upcoming auto cluster set to give impetus to industries in region’



AURANGABAD: Union commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman and chief minister Devendra Fadnavis are set to inaugurate the Centre of Excellence (CoE) building in Waluj on July 2. The work worth Rs 22 crore was carried out as part of the second phase of the Marathwada Auto Cluster (MAC) project. The first phase of the project has already been implemented successfully at a cost of Rs 21 crore. "With rapid progress of the project, the city is finally realising its dream of having an MAC. The production work is already underway with the completion of first phase. The second phase is poised to give impetus to industrial growth and simultaneously help upgrade the city's infrastructure," said Ram Bhogale, president of the Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture (MACCIA).

Bhogale said, "Sitharaman and Fadnavis will inaugurate the CoE, which would be later dedicated to the public. MAC is the second such project in Maharashtra, which was launched in May 2010 under the Industrial Infrastructure Up-gradation Scheme (IIUS). The first one is in Pune. This is the first cluster where about 25 industries have rendered financial assistance to tune of Rs 12.24 crore."

"After a six-year struggle, the project kicked off with the Centre approving Rs 81.35 crore for the MAC in the Waluj industrial area, 20 km from here," said Mukund Kulkarni, former CMIA president. He said the MAC promises to attract investment to the city and the Marathwada region at large, thereby creating new business and job opportunities. "With this project, centres with world-class software for designing products, components, etc, have been made available. These facilities will be available to all members of the auto cluster and other industries, as per the need. This facility will not only save time but the cost as well," said N Sriram, Marathwada zonal council chairman, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

"The project has come up on 56,000 sq ft land. It will help attract new industries in the region. We believe it will definitely provide momentum to the growth and development of the region," said Munish Sharma, CMIA president. "The primary objective is to improve the worthiness of domestic names in the international circuit. The aim is to establish a state-of-the-art common infrastructure facility at Waluj MIDC in a bid to improve the global competitiveness of the industrial units in Marathwada through innovative ideas," Sharma added. President of Aurangabad Vyapari Mahasang Association Ajay Shah, Marathwada Association of Small Scale Industries and Agriculture (MASSIA) member Narayan Pawar and Aurangabad Industrial Suppliers' Association (AISA) president Satish Lonikar were also present on the occasion.

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