PM Modi to launch HAC factory, energy week in Karnataka on Feb 6

PM Modi will start his Karnataka visit by inaugurating India Energy Week in Bengaluru on Monday.

New Delhi | Updated: 04 February, 2023 2:03 pm IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (file photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate India Energy Week, launch Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s (HAL) helicopter factory, and lay the foundation stone of various development projects during his visit to Karnataka on Monday.

PM Modi’s one-day visit will start at 11:30 am with him inaugurating India Energy Week in Bengaluru, which is being organised to find solutions to challenges of energy security and environmental sustainability, and paths towards decarbonisation.

Being held from February 6 to February 8, India Energy Week is aimed to showcase India’s rising prowess as an energy transition powerhouse. The event will bring together leaders from the traditional and non-traditional energy industry, governments, and academia to discuss the challenges and opportunities that a responsible energy transition presents.

It will see the presence of more than 30 ministers from across the world, more than 30,000 delegates, 1,000 exhibitors and 500 speakers. They will discuss the challenges and opportunities of India’s energy future. During the programme, the PM will participate in a roundtable interaction with global oil and gas CEOs. He will also launch multiple initiatives in the field of green energy.

In line with the ethanol blending roadmap, PM Modi will launch E20 fuel at 84 retail outlets of oil marketing companies in 11 states/UTs. E20 is a blend of 20 per cent ethanol with petrol. The government aims to achieve a complete 20 per cent blending of ethanol by 2025, and oil marketing companies are setting up 2G-3G ethanol plants that will facilitate the progress.

In yet another step towards self-reliance in the defence sector, the PM will dedicate to the nation the HAL helicopter factory at 3:30 pm in Tumakuru, nearly 70 km southwest of Bengaluru. Its foundation stone was also laid by him in 2016. It is a dedicated new greenfield helicopter factory which will enhance capacity and ecosystem to build helicopters.

This helicopter factory is Asia’s largest helicopter manufacturing facility and will initially produce Light Utility Helicopters (LUH). LUH is an indigenously designed and developed 3-ton class, single-engine multipurpose utility helicopter with the unique feature of high manoeuvrability.

The factory will be expanded to manufacture other helicopters such as Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) and Indian Multirole Helicopters as well as for repair and overhaul of LCH, LUH, Civil ALH and multirole helicopters in the future. The factory also has the potential for exporting civil light utility helicopters in future.

This facility will enable India to meet its entire requirement of helicopters indigenously and will attain the distinction of enabling self-reliance in helicopter design, development and manufacture in India.

The factory will have a manufacturing set-up of Industry 4.0 standards.  Over the next 20 years, HAL is planning to produce more than 1000 helicopters in the class of 3-15 tonnes from Tumakuru. This will result in providing employment for around 6000 people in the region, according to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

He will lay the foundation stone of Tumakuru Industrial Township. “Under the National Industrial Corridor Development Programme, development of the Industrial Township spread across 8484 acres in three phases in Tumakuru has been taken up as part of Chennai Bengaluru Industrial Corridor,” said the PMO.

He will then lay the foundation stones of two Jal Jeevan Mission projects at Tiptur and Chikkanayakanahalli in Tumakuru.

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