Telangana: VEM Technologies integrated defence systems facility at Zaheerabad

HYDERABAD: Telangana-based aerospace & defence player VEM Technologies Pvt Ltd is setting up an integrated defence systems (IDS) facility at the National Investment & Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ) at Zaheerabad in Sangareddy district on Hyderabad’s outskirts at an investment of around Rs 1000 crore.

The facility, for which the foundation stone was laid on Wednesday, is coming up on 511 acres and is touted as the first of its kind in the country with end-to-end infrastructure for assembly, integration and testing of weapon systems. The IDS facility will generate over 2,000 direct and about 4,000 indirect jobs.

According to VEMS, which already has two facilities in the state, the upcoming unit will be a full-fledged facility working on missiles, naval systems, UAS (unmanned aerial systems), medium and large aero and naval structures, radars, aero-engines, hot and cold integration, metrology and surface treatment for domestic and exports markets. The company, which has over 1,350 employees, including 600 engineers at its technology centre, caters to global defence players in US, Europe and Israel.

Telangana industries minister KT Rama Rao said the unit will give a major boost to the Centre’s Atmanirbhar Bharat’ drive.

KTR launches Telangana’s first plug-and-play EV Park in Zaheerabad

KTR launches Telangana’s first plug-and-play EV Park in Zaheerabad

It has an incubation center for EV startups that can leverage MG’s manufacturing capabilities & infrastructure.

Hyderabad: Telangana minister for Industries KT Rama Rao on Wednesday launched Telangana’s first plug-and-play EV Park and two, three-wheeler electric vehicles produced by Vayu Motors and Zero 21 in a function held on Wednesday at MG Automative’s EV Park in Zaheerabad.

EV(Electrical Vehicles) Park is the first of its kind in Telangana. It has an incubation center for EV startups that can leverage MG’s manufacturing capabilities & infrastructure. It is already incubating enterprises like Padmaja Greentech and Zero 21 Renewable Energy Solutions Pvt Ltd.

MG EV Park is interacting with a few other EV startups to help launch their businesses and wants to be a catalyst in developing fossil-free transport solutions, a press note from the EV park informed.

He also unveiled two models of new two-wheelers (scooters), Low-Speed Retro, and High-Speed Pace.

Retro is a city speed scooter designed for Indian conditions. With an LFP battery pack, developed with a smart BMS, Retro is a safe and robust product. The pace is a performance scooter, developed using highly reliable LFP battery pack architecture. With a top speed of 70 kmph, it is the most desirable scooter in terms of safety, design, and reliability, the company said.

These two EV scooters are manufactured using safe and proven LFP(Lithium Ferro Phosphate), Battery packs, it informed.

Four different models of three wheelers were launched under the brand name.

A total of 4 vehicles shall be launched under the brand name Zero 021. This is first of its kind, indigenously designed and developed Fiber Reinforced Plastic 3 wheeler EV Passenger vehicles

The electric three-wheelers include Teer and Smart Mule-X. While the former is a high-speed passenger vehicle and the latter is a good carrier.

Chargers for EVs were also launched for buses and four-wheelers, including fast chargers for buses and cars.

Speaking on the occasion KT Rama Rao congratulated the young entrepreneurs behind today’s launches.

“The future of world transportation will be sustainable Mobility. It will be EV Mobility. The difference between conventional vehicles and electric vehicles is they are computers on wheels. They are battery-driven,” he said.

KTR further said that the automobile industry in the past was concentrated in a few pockets like Chennai and Pune.

“Now thanks to our futuristic EV policy, Zaheerabad is emerging as the hub for not just automobiles but also EV Vehicles. keeping this in mind and the demand for a skilled workforce, we will establish an Automobile Centric Centre of Excellence which will be named after former President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, KTR announced. So that more localities will be automobile job-ready,” he remarked.

Telangana urges Centre to reconsider decision on defence corridor

Hyderabad: The Telangana government on Wednesday urged the Centre to reconsider its decision to set up a defence industrial production corridor in Uttar Pradesh, saying that Hyderabad-Bengaluru is the ideal location for the project.

Industries Minister K. T. Rama Rao said the Centre should rise above political considerations and political agenda to encourage progressive states like Telangana.

He was speaking after laying the foundation stone for VEM Technologies’s Integrated Defence Systems at National Investment and Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ), Zaheerabad in Sangareddy district.

He recalled that he had requested then Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to approve a defence industrial production corridor between Hyderabad and Bengaluru as they have the required ecosystem for the project.

He pointed out that Hyderabad has many defence public sector undertakings and more than 1,000 small and medium companies, while Bengaluru has HAL and Air Force-related institutions. If a defence industrial production corridor is created here, it will benefit districts like Mahabubnagar, Rangareddy and Wanaparthy in Telangana, Kurnool and Anantapur districts in Andhra Pradesh.

He said that if the defence industry is to gain impetus and a slogan like ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ is to be translated into reality, the Centre should reconsider its decision.

“It should set up the corridor at a place where there is an ecosystem. If you set it up in Uttar Pradesh because you have votes and seats and political preferences there, it won’t work,” he said.

“Even in Hyderabad, this did not happen overnight. The PSUs have been in existence for decades, creating a favourable environment for the growth of the sector,” he said.

KTR also told the Centre that when major global companies come to invest, they look at places where there is infrastructure and they see how soon they get return on investment. “They don’t see states or cities while deciding to invest. They look at the countries and what they offer in terms of infrastructure and ecosystem,” he said.

VEM will invest Rs. 1,000 crore in the facility coming up on 511 acres in NIMZ. This is billed as the largest investment in the private sector in the defence manufacturing industry in India. The unit will employ 2,000 people in the next five years.

VEM is a defence and aerospace company that offers end-to-end technology solutions and systems for various weapon systems for land, air, and naval applications.

One of the top five defence companies in India, VEM will manufacture weapons systems and defence equipment like anti-tank guided missiles, small arms, sniper rifles, unmanned aerial system, underwater weapons systems and radars at their unit at NIMZ.

The work on the unit will start in August and the unit is expected to commence production in 2024-25.

Farmers of NIMZ Zaheerabad protest for fair compensation

Hyderabad, June 22 (IANS) Mild tension prevailed during Telangana Industries Minister K.T. Rama Rao’s visit to Zaheerabad in Sangareddy district on Wednesday as the farmers staged a protest demanding fair compensation for the lands acquired for National Investment and Manufacturing Zones (NIMZ).

Police had to use mild force to control the protestors ahead of Rao’s visit to lay the foundation stone for a defence unit.

As the protestors tried to proceed towards the venue, police carried out a baton charge to disperse them. A couple of farmers were injured in the incident.

Police had closed the roads leading to Zaheerabad from various villages in Jharasangam and Nyalkal mandals to prevent locals from staging any protest during the programme.

The state government is developing the NIMZ over 12,635 acres and on Wednesday, KTR, as the minister is popularly known, laid the foundation stone for VEM Technologies’ defence manufacturing unit which is coming up on 511 acres.

Speaking at the event, he asked the district authorities and public representatives to ensure that those losing lands to NIMZ are adequately compensated. “If possible, pay them more compensation by going out of the way,” he said.

The minister also wanted the district administration and the industry to make sure the farmer families whose lands are acquired get employment in NIMZ.

“Every family losing land to NIMZ should get employment in NIMZ, then they will cooperate. The industry also has to work with us. They are losing gold-like land and this will naturally cause pain but if they are assured their future generation will get jobs in NIMZ, they will come forward (to give lands),” he said.

KTR urged VEM Technologies to give preference to locals in employment in semi-skilled and unskilled categories. “This will be a win-win situation for both you and local youth.

“For industry to be in consonance with locals and local ecosystem is extremely important in terms of the longevity of the project.”

The minister welcomed a proposal by VEM Technologies to set up a skill centre for locals to train them for jobs in their unit. The company will bear 50 per cent of the cost for the proposed centre.

Vem Technologies becomes first company to ground at NIMZ Zaheerabad

Sangareddy: On a historical day, the first company Vem Technologies Private Limited, a Defence company, will be going to start its work at NIMZ (National Investment and Manufacturing Zone) on Wednesday.

The IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao will lay a foundation for the construction of the Vem Technologies company at NIMZ Zaheerabad during a ceremony on Wednesday morning. Vem Technologies will invest Rs 1,000 crore initially and export the Defence machinery to various nations besides supplying to the Indian Army. It will create direct employment for 1,050 personnel besides generating indirect employment for another 1,000 personnel. The Telangana State Industrial and Infrastructure Corporation Limited (TSIIC) has allotted 511 acres of land during January this year to the Defence Company. Vem Technologies will start its first phase of production by the end of the year 2023 and the second phase in 2024.

The department of Industrial Policy and Promotion Government of India had accorded permission for the setting up of NIMZ at Zaheerabad in 2013 by acquiring 12,635.14 acres of land in 17 villages spread in Nyalkal and Jharasangam Mandals. While 8,773 acres of land was Patta Land, the remainder was government land. During the first phase, the TSIIC acquired 3,100 acres out of the 4,520 acres proposed. The process for acquiring the second phase of land was underway.

Zaheerabad MLA K Manik Rao has termed June 22 as a red-letter day in the history of Zaheerabad since it is going to be a first step towards making the area industrially vibrant. DCMS Chairman Malkapuram Shiva Kumar has said the Zaheerabad area was known for poverty and backwardness for a long. However, he said that under the leadership of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao it has been experiencing a transformation. Once Vem Technologies starts work here, Shiva Kumar hoped that many companies will rush to set up their shops here in the next couple of years. Meanwhile, the officials were gearing up to complete the land acquisition soon. (eom)

Environment Ministry issues clearance for NIMZ, Zaheerabad

Hyderabad:  Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change granted environment clearance to National Investment and Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ) coming up at Nyalkal and Jharasangam mandals near Zaheerabad in Sangareddy.

Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (TSIIC) is establishing the NIMZ spread over 12, 635 acres in the two mandals. The total project cost is Rs 3,095 crore and it is expected to generate direct and indirect employment to over 2.6 lakh persons.

Of the 12,635 acres in which the NIMZ is to be developed, TSIIC possesses nearly 3,100 acres. Of these, about 1,484 acres is patta or private land and nearly 1,616 acres is government land.

The project land falls in 17 revenue villages, including Ganeshpur, Husselli, Ganjoti, Mungi, Rukmapur, Hadnur, Namtabad, Mamidgi, Kalbemal, Basanthpur, Metalkunta, Gangwar, Rejinthal and Malkanpahad villages of Nyalkal Mandal and Chilepalle, Yelgoi and Bardipur villages of Jharasangam Mandal, Sangareddy District.

The Ministry in its letter said there was no protected area (PA) including national parks, sanctuaries and tiger reserves etc. within 10 km of the project site. The project area was also not located within the Eco-Sensitive Zone (ESZ) or Eco-Sensitive Area (ESA) notified by the Ministry. No forest diversion was involved in the proposed project, it further said.

Telangana State Pollution Control Board conducted a public hearing January 20, 2021. NIMZ would house electrical equipment industries, metals, food and agro processing, automobile, transport equipment and others.

TSIIC would develop the required infrastructure including water supply, water distribution, internal roads, storm water drains, electrical distribution network, internal street lighting, wastewater and waste management facilities, technical and support buildings, housing along with allied facilities.

Telangana industries minister seeks Rs 14,000 crore for key projects

HYDERABAD: Ahead of the Union Budget, which is to be presented on February 1, Telangana industries minister KT Rama Rao has written nearly half a dozen letters to Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman seeking budgetary support of over 14,000 crore for key industrial projects set to come up in Telangana.

These include the projects like Hyderabad-Bengaluru, Hyderabad-Vijayawada, Hyderabad-Warangal and Hyderabad-Nagpur industrial corridors as well as the Hyderabad Pharma City project that has bagged the National Investment and Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ) status.
KTR has urged the FM to sanction additional nodes at Mancherial (3,000 acres) under the Hyderabad-Nagpur corridor, Huzurabad as part of the Hyderabad-Vijayawada corridor and Jadcherla-Gadwal-Kothaguda node under the Hyderabad-Bengaluru corridor.

On the approved nodes at Hyderabad Pharma City and NIMZ Zaheerabad under the Hyderabad-Warangal and Hyderabad-Nagpur corridors, that the Centre has agreed to fund, KTR has asked for a budgetary provision of 2,000 crore each.
He has also sought release of grant in aid of over 5,000 crore for the master planning as well as development of internal, external and technical infrastructure for the establishment of Hyderabad Pharma City as a NIMZ in Rangareddy district. KTR has also made a pitch to Sitharaman to include Hyderabad in the proposed defence industrial production corridor.

KTR seeks Rs. 5,000 crore for upcoming projects

HYDERABAD: As the Central government has approved several projects in Telangana, the information technology minister K. T. Rama Rao requested the Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman to allocate Rs 5,000 crore funds to the state in the ensuing Budget to set up the projects in the state.

The minister wrote to Nirmala Sitharaman explaining the projects being taken up by the state government and their capacity in providing jobs to lakhs of people in Telangana. Rama Rao said the world’s largest pharmaceutical cluster was being developed by the Telangana government with an objective of promoting domestic manufacturing and exports of pharmaceuticals in line with the “Make in India” initiative of the Union government.

“The project has received the final approval for ‘National Investment and Manufacturing Zone’ (NIMZ) status from the department for promotion of industry and internal trade (DPIIT). In various meetings in the department, Hyderabad Pharma City has been recognised as a project of national importance,” Rama Rao said.

He further stated that the Telangana government had already constituted Hyderabad Pharma City Limited and initiated the implementation of Phase-1 (in sub-phases). “The project has received overwhelming response from both domestic and global companies to set up manufacturing units. Overall investment potential of the project is estimated to be around Rs 64,000 crore with a capacity of generation of 5.6 lakh jobs direct and indirect,” the IT minister said.

Rama Rao requested the Union finance minister to consider extending financial support to the projection of the following items as per the NIMZ scheme guidelines. Detailed project report (DPR) and a financial feasibility report were already submitted to the department. He reiterated that Hyderabad Pharma City promised to position India as the global manufacturing hub for pharmaceuticals. For a project of this nature, it was imperative to have strong support from the Centre, he said.

KTR seeks Centre’s aid for National Design Centre

The Telangana government is setting up the first National Design Centre (NDC) in Hyderabad. “The government is not setting up a new greenfield campus for NDC, instead, we are now planning to take up some space in the existing building of National Academy of Construction (NAC) for starting the NDC activities,” said K. T. Rama Rao.

He requested the Union finance minister’s support for the initial capital expenditure mainly towards making the NDC functional through interior works, lab equipment and machinery, IT infrastructure and consultation expenses. The cost-sharing by the state government in operational expenditure will be in addition to the rent advantage that the state government has been able to obtain from NAC for renting the premises at Rs 28 per sq. ft. instead of Rs 43 per sq. ft. per month for the 14,000 sq. ft. space being considered for NDC operations.

Fundings for industrial corridors

The Union government must consider including the Hyderabad – Warangal and Hyderabad – Nagpur industrial corridors by NICDIT and for considering funding initially two nodes such as the Hyderabad Pharma City (HPC) and National Industrial Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ), Zaheerabad, requested IT minister K. T. Rama Rao on Sunday. According to him, the SPVs for both the nodes are in place and the required land is already acquired, the estimated project cost for taking infrastructure development in these two nodes is about Rs 3,000 crore and Rs 2,000 crore respectively. The IT minister requested the Union finance minister to include the budget to the extent of at least Rs 2,000 crores for each of the nodes under Hyderabad -Warangal, Hyderabad -Nagpur and additional nodes at Mancherial in the budget estimates for 2022-23.

Inclusion of Hyd in defence corridors sought

There are two Defence Industrial Production Corridors proposed in the Union Budget 2018-19. The Telangana IT minister requested the Union finance minister to consider including Hyderabad in the proposed Defence Industrial Production Corridor to augment and support the growth of defence manufacturing from Telangana. Telangana is strategically located in the centre of the country and home to several public sector defence enterprises.

KTR asks Nirmala Sitharaman for infra grants in upcoming budget

KTR in his letters asked for funds for several initiatives planned by the state government ranging from the establishment of the National Design Centre to the Hyderabad pharma city project.

Hyderabad: Telangana Industries Minister KT Rama Rao on Sunday wrote a series of letters to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman and asked for ample allocation of funds for infrastructure development in the upcoming Union budget 2022-23.

The Finance Minister is going to present the budget in the parliament on February 1.

KTR in his letters asked for funds for several initiatives planned by the state government ranging from the establishment of the National Design Centre in the state to the Hyderabad pharma city project.

“As you may recall, we have had repeated interactions regarding setting up of the first National Design Centre (NDC) in Hyderabad. As advised by you, we are not setting up a new greenfield campus for NDC, instead we are now planning to take up some space in the existing building of National Academy of Construction (NAC) for starting the NDC activities. We request your support for the initial capital expenditure mainly towards making the NDC functional through interior works, lab equipment and machinery, IT infrastructure, consultation expenses etc. Thereafter, support on the operational expenditure will be required initially for approximately 8 years, post which the Centre is envisaged to become self-sustaining,” he wrote in the letter.

He then thanked her for the centre for including Hyderabad – Warangal & Hyderabad – Nagpur Industrial Corridors by NICDIT and for considering funding initially two nodes viz., the Hyderabad Pharma City(HPC) and National Industrial Manufacturing Zone(NIMZ), Zaheerabad and further requested that the additional node at Manchirialunder Hyderabad – Nagpur corridor be considered for sanction of funds.

“It is, therefore, requested to include the budget to the extent of at least ₹2,000 Crores for each of the above nodes(2,000 X 3 nodes = 6,000 Crores) under Hyderabad -Warangal, Hyderabad -Nagpur and additional node at Mancherial in the budget estimates for 2022-23 of your esteemed Ministry and oblige,” he said.

In the letter regarding funds for industrial corridors, KTR requested her to include an allocation of at least Rs. 1500 crore for Hyderabad-Bengaluru (HBIC), Hyderabad-Vijayawada (HVIC) industrial corridors, which the state government is very keen to take up.

KTR requested Nirmala Sitaraman to include the city of Hyderabad in the Defence Industrial production corridor that she had recently announced. “I would like you to consider including Hyderabad in the proposed Defence Industrial Production Corridor to augment and support the growth of Defence manufacturing from the State of Telangana,” he said.

“The State already has a vibrant ecosystem in the private sector with several established companies in Aerospace and Defence sector. Several private firms such as Tata Advanced Systems Limited, MTAR, ATL, SEC, ASTRA, VEM, ZEN, HBL, PEL, IDL, etc. have established themselves as manufacturing partners for domestic and foreign OEMs. Several prestigious National Defence and Space programmes were supported by Telangana based industries,” he added.

The industries minister in another letter asked for necessary support for the development of the Hyderabad Pharma City which has already been approved as per the National Investment and Manufacturing Zones (NIMZ) scheme of the Central government.

As per this, KTR requested an allocation of Rs 50 crores for the overall concept level masterplan, Rs 1399 crores Towards Road Linkages, Water Supply, Power Supply, Rail Connectivity and Air Strip / Heliport and Rs 3,554 Crores towards ZLD based CETP (INR2023 Cr), Solid Waste Management Facility, internal roads, power infra, water supply, stormwater drains, site development and landscaping.

“I would like to reiterate that Hyderabad Pharma City promises to position India as the global manufacturing hub for pharmaceuticals. In order for the project of this nature and scale to succeed, it is imperative to have strong support from the Government of India,” he said.

UK startup One Moto to invest Rs 250 crore in EV, battery facility in Zaheerabad

Hyderabad: British EVtech startup One Moto will be investing Rs250 crore in setting up an electric vehicles and lithium ion battery manufacturing facility at the Zaheerabad National Investment and Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ) in Telangana.

The facility, to be spread over 15 acres, will have major automation integration with additional semi-robotics, and latest manufacturing machinery to produce cutting edge products and is expected to become operational by the end of the year.

It will have a capacity to manufacture around 40,000 bikes per annum in phase 1, going up to around one lakh EVs per annum over the next two years, One Moto India partner and promoter Muzammil Riyaz said on Monday.

One Moto’s India manufacturing facility will not just cater to the domestic EV market but will also ship to exports markets as well.

The facility will also make Li-ion batteries starting with a capacity of around 50,000 batteries per annum and scaling up to around 2 lakhs per annum capacities in future, Riyaz said, adding that the company is also working towards acquiring a batter tech startup in the future.

Currently, the 3 year old startup is assembling around 1,000-1,500 bikes on a monthly basis in Hyderabad. “We are currently doing CKD (completely knocked down) assembly in Hyderbad. We import the kits from China and UK. But once the new facility goes operational we will be manufacturing everything from scratch in India”, he explained

The proposed plant in expected to generate around 500 direct jobs and provide indirect employment to about 2,000 people. One Moto also inked an MoU with the Telangana Govt. for the facility on Monday.