Our Bureau A defence corridor will be created in Tamil Nadu with Chennai, Hosur, Salem, Coimbatore and Tiruchirappalli as major nodes.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman initiated the development of the Tamil Nadu Defence Corridor at a defence industry meet held in Tiruchirappalli on Friday.

The proposed Tamil Nadu Defence Corridor or Tamil Nadu Defence Production Quad will build on the existing defence ecosystem in the form of Ordnance Factory Boards, vendors working with defence Public Sector Undertakings and other allied industries, according to an official press release. The corridor aims to bolster interaction between all industry players in order to create long-term synergy and eventually develop the area into a defence production powerhouse. Two Defence Corridors were announced — Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh — in the Union Budget.

Over 200 representatives from the defence industry attended Friday’s meeting, the release said.

Officials from the Defence Ministry, senior State officials, and representatives of various defence Public Sector Undertakings, Bharat Heavy Electricals and Ordnance Factory Board were present at the meeting.

Sitharaman invited local manufacturers to actively participate at DefExpo 2018 scheduled between April 11 and 14 at Thiruvidanthai near Mahabalipuram.