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Karnataka govt announces plans for India’s first EV industrial zone

Karnataka govt announces plans for India’s first EV industrial zone

The state government’s Beyond Bangalore initiative for the Hubballi-Dharwad-Belagavi cluster consists of five mega pillars - India’s first EV zone, Karnataka Start-up Hub, IT Tech Park, Manufacturing Launchpad, and Five Centres of Excellence.

Karnataka govt announces plans for India’s first EV industrial zone Karnataka govt announces plans for India’s first EV industrial zone

The Government of Karnataka, on Tuesday, unveiled the blueprint for the Beyond Bangalore initiative for the Hubballi-Dharwad-Belagavi (HDB) cluster, which will also include India's first 'EV industrial zone'. The state government made this announcement at the ‘Techceleration 2022’, a two-day event conducted by Karnataka Digital Empowerment Mission (KDEM).

CN Ashwath Narayan, Minister for IT & BT, Science & Technology, Higher Education, Skill Development, Entrepreneurship & Livelihood, Government of Karnataka, in a statement, said: "We are proud to announce that Hubballi-Dharwad-Belagavi cluster in the last year has seen a cumulative revenue of Rs 1,400 crores. We have received investment interests of Rs 300 crores in the ESDM sector alone. I am thrilled to see KDEM’s initiative to bring entrepreneurs, industry, academia, and government together, and the momentum for Beyond Bengaluru building up and becoming a reality."

The state government’s Beyond Bangalore initiative for the Hubballi-Dharwad-Belagavi (HDB) cluster consists of five mega pillars:

India’s first EV zone: 500-acre EV industrial zone with a target to have a common centre for testing, validation, and certification.

Karnataka Start-up Hub: An iconic world-class infrastructure will house 5,000 start-ups.

IT Tech Park: To be set up in PPP mode with Class A infrastructure with 20,000-seater operations.

Manufacturing Launchpad: A plug-n-play factory for engineering and manufacturing setup of around 100,000 sq. ft. for companies to scale their businesses.

Five Centres of Excellence: To boost training, R&D, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Plans for setting up a Global Emerging Technology Design Centre at Belagavi at Rs 150 crore and a Centre of Excellence on Artificial Intelligence are underway.

Karnataka government’s Techceleration 2022 aims to bring together industry leaders, policymakers, the research and development (R&D) community, and representatives from start-ups to ignite the next wave of development from the Beyond Bengaluru cluster of HDB, it said in a statement.

In add-on to this, Techceleration 2022 is also a pre-cursor to the Karnataka Government’s Bengaluru Tech Summit 2022 to be held between 16-18 November.

Moreover, KDEM is a vision group that works with trade associations to implement new policies in various industries including start-ups. KDEM also provides feedback on policy initiatives needed to attract investments, acts as a bridge between the government and the industry, and builds a comprehensive strategy. According to the state government, KDEM has helped Karnataka with investments in IT/ITeS by helping structure promotional efforts abroad.

Published on: Oct 04, 2022, 4:24 PM IST
Posted by: Vivek Dubey, Oct 04, 2022, 4:12 PM IST