The last update is from Sep 2017 when environmental clearance for the plant was given.This after the foundation stone was laid 21 months earlier by the PM. Doubt if actual construction work on the plant has even started till now
jaysimha wrote:Ministry of Defence
Defence Manufacturing Unit
Posted On: 28 MAR 2018 3:38PM by PIB Delhi
Following manufacturing / overhaul projects of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) are coming up in the country including Karnataka.
The foundation stone of a green field helicopter manufacturing facility has been laid by Hon’ble Prime Minister on 3rd January, 2016. The facility will function as an independent Division of HAL at Biderehalla Kaval, Gubbi Taluk, Tumakuru District, Karnataka. The Karnataka Government has allocated 610 acres of land for the project. The new facility of Tumakuru would be self-contained for production and maintenance of LUHs, with future expansion for production of other Helicopters. The cost of project to cover initial setting up of the facilities is expected to be around 2000 Crores.
Indo Russian Helicopter Pvt. Ltd. (IRHL) has been incorporated as Joint Venture (JV) cum subsidiary in May 2017 between HAL, Russian Helicopters and Rosoboronexport, with the objective to manufacture Ka-226T helicopters in India. The authorised capital of the JV is Rs.30 crores and paid up capital is Rs.10 crores. The JV has 50.5% shareholding by HAL, 42.5% by Russian Helicopters and 7% by Rosoboronexport. The facility for Ka-226T helicopters is proposed to be co-located at the helicopter manufacturing facilities coming up at Tumakuru.
Helicopter Engines MRO Pvt. Ltd. has been incorporated as Joint Venture in August 2016 between HAL and Safran Helicopter Engines, France with an objective to provide complete maintenance support for the Shakti and TM3332B2 engines fitted on Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) produced by HAL and operated by Defence Services. The authorised capital of the JV is Rs.50 crores. The JV has 50% shareholding by HAL and 50% by Safran Helicopter Engines. The JV has planned to set up its facilities at Goa.
This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri C.S Putta Rajuin Lok Sabha today.
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Quite a good update of the helicopters.
The Tumkuru facility start is now two years old . What's the progress?
Tejas Line 2 took about two years to get going.
An Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has given clearance to the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s Rs 6,300 crore chopper manufacturing plant at Bidarehalla Kaval in Tumakuru district of Karnataka. The factory will consist of manufacturing and assembling divisions supported by a runway and air traffic control, along with a township. Its capacity will be 75 helicopters a year. “The EAC, after detailed deliberations…recommended the project for grant of environmental clearance and stipulated…specific conditions along with other environmental conditions,” the committee said. “The HAL project…has been proposed to cater to the growing demand of helicopters. The project cost of the proposed plant would be to the tune of about Rs 6,300 crore and about Rs 16 crore is envisaged for environmental pollution control measures,” it said.
Since it is being set up on government land, there are no Rehabilitation and Resettlement issues. Initial manpower requirement will be over 100 and it will ultimately reach 4,000 when full production starts, the EAC noted. The factory will have four major divisions — Helicopter Division, Engine Division, Composites Division, Transmission Division — and a ground test centre.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on January 3, 2016, had unveiled the plaque of the foundation stone of the plant.