Revamping 6-year-old defense policy, L&T official tells Gujarat government

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Larsen & Toubro, among the country’s largest defense manufacturers, on Wednesday called on the Gujarat government to review its six-year-old defense policy.

“Although there are huge good reasons to come here (to Gujarat), there is always something that can be improved. Gujarat’s defense policy dates back to 2016. It is six years old and it is time to review it,” said JD Patil, full-time director and senior executive vice president of L&T’s Defense Business, DefExpo. 2022 in Gandhinagar. “In 2016, we were talking about Make in India. Today we are talking about Aatma Nirbhar Bharat. We have moved forward. The next phase is Make for India, Make for the World. It takes a different level of thinking,” Patil said at a seminar organized by the state government on “Gujarat: Propelling Aatma Nirbhar Bharat into the Aerospace and Defense Sector.”

Department of Industries and Mining Additional Chief Secretary Raj Kumar and Commissioner for Industries Rahul Gupta were among those present when the L&T official made the remarks.

The government of Gujarat had promised a host of benefits, including the provision of land at 50% reduction, to the defense industry in its Aerospace and Defense Policy-2016.

Praising the state government, Patil said, “The main reason to come to Gujarat is the peace in which you can run your business. The money you can bring back. Land and infrastructure will be provided (by government). L&T has seven defense units in the country, including those in Gujarat, he added.

The Managing Director of Dholera SIR, Hareet Shukla, said the Ahmedabad-Dholera highway is to be completed by December 2023 and Dholera International Airport will be operational by 2025-26.

Commenting on the Vedanta-Foxconn Semiconductor Plant being set up at Dholera SIR, Kumar said, “When Vedanta-Foxconn decided to choose Dholera in Gujarat as their investment destination, it did not take them long. . Everything they asked for – 500 acres of land, 100 MLD of water, as many megawatts of electricity, connectivity, airport – was granted to them. This is the USP of Gujarat. So when we say come and invest in Gujarat, we mean that whatever you ask for will already be there for you to immediately go into production without delay.

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