Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath attended the Uttar Pradesh Defence Expo 2018 in Kanpur on Friday.
The three-day event, organised at the Stadium Ground of CSA University, will be concluding on November 16. On its last day, on Friday, the event was attended by the UP CM who examined the exhibits on display.
The defence expo is being organised to raise the pitch for the proposed Uttar Pradesh Defence Corridor. It was inaugurated by Uttar Pradesh industries minister Satish Mahana. Apart from Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO), other private and public companies also took part in the expo.
Speaking on the occasion, Mahana said that the expo is a new era of industrialisation in the state. He further informed that the state government has identified land for the proposed defence corridor and they will soon initiate the process to acquire the land.
"This expo will give a boost to the Defence Corridor. The defence corridor will also pave way for a number of job opportunities," Mahana said.
The defence industrial corridor was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Uttar Pradesh Investors Summit in February this year
Embassies from different countries were invited at the Expo, especially those who share a close defence cooperation with India, such as the United States, Russia, Israel, France, Italy and so on. Along with that, all the top domestic defence manufacturers, including the Tata Group, L&T, Mahindra were invited to participate.
Totally about 250 big and medium defence manufacturing firms in India participated, apart from almost 4,000 small units operating in the sector.
(UP CM Yogi Adityanath examines a firearm at the expo)
The Yogi Adityanath-led government in Uttar Pradesh had already recognised more than 5,000 hectares for development under the proposed Defence Corridor, which is estimated to garner a direct investment of about Rs 200 billion and create 2,50,000 jobs.
(With inputs from ANI)