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A team of Naval officials will be visiting Tiruchi sometime during the first half of June on the invitation of Confederation of Indian Industry, Tiruchi Zone to determine the facilities at TREAT (Tiruchirapalli Engineering and Technology Cluster), and prepare fabrication and engineering industries for manufacturing components for defence equipment.

The purpose of the team's visit is to guide industries on the ways of leveraging existing capabilities originally created for power and engineering sector and attuning them to the requirements of defence products, in fulfilment of the promise made by the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to industrialists in Tiruchi earlier this year.

“On the basis of inputs from the team, the industries will attune its focus to meeting expectations of industries that would form part of the Defence Corridor project,” S. Ananthakrishnan, Chairman, CII, Tiruchi Zone said.

Earlier this month, Commodore Madhusoodanan was in Tiruchi on a visit to some industries manufacturing defence components.

During the visit, he encouraged industries here to tap opportunities in some thrust areas.

Commodore Madhusoodanan saw high scope for industries in Tiruchi undertaking modification and rehauling of boilers used in Naval warships and for catering to requirements of Instrumentation and Control inside ships.

The CII, Tiruchi Zone, is in constant touch with Society for Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) for transforming the focus of fabrication industries in Tiruchi.

During the first week of June, former Director General - Aeronautical Systems, Defence Research Development Organisation, K. Tamil Mani will hold an interactive session with members of Tiruchi CII Zone.

Inputs drawn from deliberations during the interactive session will find a place in the report that CII is preparing to highlight the strength of Tiruchi and surroundings for playing an active role in the defence corridor project, Mr. Ananthakrishnan said.

Likewise, the CII, Tiruchi Zone, has planned interaction sessions with officials of the two ordnance factories to determine the aspects in which the ancillary industries could play a complementary role, he said.

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