Special Article :

 

NEEMRANA DEVELOPING AS THE

HUB OF JAPANESE INDUSTRIES

                                                                                      

-Mustafa Sheikh

Jaipur, March 4, 2013

Known for its hilltop fort and the artistic step well (baori) of Abhaneri the Neemrana town, a picturesque tourist place situated on NH-8 between Delhi-Jaipur is witnessing the hustle-bustle of the Japanese entrepreneurs who have made this region a Hub of Japanese Industries.

Due to the efforts being made by the Chief Minister Shri Ashok Gehlot regarding attracting investment in the State and his liberal approach towards the investors coming to Rajasthan various Industrial zones have been developed in Neemrana during last few years. These Industrial zones have been developed by Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation (RIICO) in various phases. Export Promotion Industrial Park (EPIP), Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in Majarakath and Japanese zone established after initiatives taken by the Chief Minister Shri Ashok Gehlot are especially mentionable. Well-known companies of the country and the world have set up their industrial units and various new industries are also coming in these industrial zones which have given new dimension to the industrial development of Rajasthan have also opened new avenues for employment.

The Japanese companies have set up industrial units in the 70 percent area of this Japanese zone spread over around 1200 acres. Hopefully, the rest 30 percent area is expected to filled up by industries soon. 28 industries have been set up by Japanese entreprenuers in this zone and the unit of Daikin Air-conditioning India Pvt. Ltd., a fully-owned subsidiary of Japan-based Daikin Industries, is especially mentionable. The Neemrana unit is the first unit of company in India with investment of Rs. 600 crores.

Similarly, Nissan India Pvt. Ltd. has set up its unit in Neemrana by investing Rs. 240 crores.  Rs. 400 crores have been invested by Mitsui Chemical Pvt. Ltd., Rs. 160 crore by Unicharm India Hygenic Pvt. Ltd., Rs. 120 crore by ACI Mitsui Prime Advanced Composites Pvt. Ltd., Rs. 155 crores by Auto parts company Mikuni India Pvt. Ltd. and Rs. 100 crores by NYK Logistics India Ltd can be counted among the major investments which are making Neemrana a hub of Japanese Industries. After the devolopment of this hub in Neemrana the investment of 21.5 billion it will generate employment for more than 3000 people. The housing and other facilities will also develop here rapidly. 

A unit of the world's largest steel making company 'Nippon Steel' is also under construction in Neemrana where more than Rs. 300 crores is expected to be invested. This steel company has 150 unites across the world.  In the near future many more big companies, including Hero-Honda is going to set up its units here.

Neemrana is situated in the middle of Delhi and Jaipur on NH-8. It is only 122 kms away from Delhi and its distance from Indira Gandhi International Airport is just 100 kms.  Neemrana has a bright future because apart from being in the proximity to National Capital Region (NCR), it is also a part of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) and the Delhi-Mumbai freight corridor. In the near future, this area, apart from becoming the biggest auto hub in the country, will also be the closest centre to Delhi which is the largest automobile market in the country.

Senior Regional Manager of RIICO Shri R. C. Jain says that after Neemrana Phase-1 and Phase-2 now many big industries are coming in Gilot in Phase-3. He said the important industrial area of Rajasthan - Bhiwadi, which is at the confluence of Delhi-Haryana and Rajasthan is being connected to the Railway network through the Delhi-Mumbai freight corridor.  Neemrana will get maximum benefits from it. Under the National Highway (NH)-8 project, the Delhi-Jaipur highway is being converted into six lane. Many flyovers are being constructed on this route which will reduce the distance of Neemrana from Delhi and Jaipur. Construction of a Super Express highway, parallel to this six-lane expressway is also being planned which will pass through Neemrana.

Same as Japanese Industrialists industrialists from other countries are also looking eager to invest on big scale in Neemrana. Recently a 25 member team of the 15 African countries visited Neemrana. Similarly, members of the representative body of 3700 companies of Taiwan Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers's Association (TEEMA) has also visited Neemrana to explore the possibilities of Taiwani Zone here.

The Plan for Cargo Airport

A plan to construct a cargo airport near Neemrana is also under consideration. This airport is proposed to be constructed in the middle of Ajarka and Kotkasim. This will facilitate the cargo transportation of the finished products of the industries situated in Neemrana, Shahjahanpur, Bhiwadi and Bahrod and they will get transported to their destinations and markets in the least possible time.  To connect this cargo airport to Neemrana, a six-lane dedicated road between Neemrana-Tapukra, which would be just 50 km in length, is also proposed to be constructed.

Neemrana, Shahjahanpur and Bahrod are also proposed to be included as three sub-metropolitan cities in the National Capital Region. Under the DMRC investment region, it is planned to include Neemrana and Khushkheda in the first stage and develop an industrial township on the lines of Noida, Gurgaon and Faridabad. In future, this will lead to an all-round development of the region.

Industry Minister of Rajasthan Shri Rajendra Pareek, who considers Neemrana as the future industrial destination, says that no praise is enough for the indomitable courage of Japanese entrepreneurs who have continued to show a great inclination to invest in Rajasthan despite the massive earthquakes which occured in Japan during previous years. He says that the industrialists are getting impressed with the outlook of the State Government towards the development of infrastructure facilities in the state and liberal approach towards foreign investors and hence setting up units in the State. Due to this companies like Hero Honda, Ashok Leyland, Maruti, Eicher and Saint-Gobain are setting up their units in the State.

The Chairman of RIICO and Additional Chief Secretary (Industries) Shri Sunil Arora expect the region between Bhiwadi and Shahjahanpur and Neemrana and Bahror to turn into a big industrial hub of the country and also consider the proposed Delhi-Mumbai freight corridor, construction of big residential complexes, planning for sub-metropolitan cities in the National Capital Region, development of small and cottage industries to support big industrial units, setting up of educational institutions and hotels, commercial institutions,  and the possibility of more development of tourist places like Alwar, Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, Neemrana Fort as important milestones in the all-round development of the state of Rajasthan.

Alwar, which is considered as the Gateway of Rajasthan, will soon be connected to Delhi via a high-speed train, running at 160 kilometer per hour on the lines of bullet trains, which will surely benefit Neemrana to develop in industry and tourism.

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