The state government intends to develop Pune as the start-up hub for Maharashtra, said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday. He said that the city has the right ecosystem and can beat Bengaluru as the start-up capital of the country.
Fadnavis, who was speaking at the inauguration of the Force Motors facility in Chakan, also said that the state government would provide all help necessary to entrepreneurs to do business in the state. “Our industry department has been working to facilitate ease of doing business and second generation reforms are on the way. Instead of red tape, we are giving out the red carpet to industries in the state,” he said.
Fadnavis said that the biggest challenge is environmental clearances, but the new dispensation has managed to solve that block. He said that at present, there have been instances of permission being issued in 24 hours, one month and two months also.
Maitri, the electronic platform developed by the industry department to handle issuance of permission, was also referred by the chief minister as a step to help industries. He said that the department is playing the part of a facilitator rather than a regulator. “We are facilitating industries to start operations in the state,” he said.
Fadnavis added that industries have to take advantage of the demography in the country and the state in particular. “India has to develop as a manufacturing hub and Maharashtra will play a very important role in the same. The second phase of Make in India is Design in India,” he said.
Spread over 1,30,000 square feet area, the Chakan facility of Force Motors would be producing engines and axles for Mercedes Benz cars in India. The facility has seen investment worth Rs 100 crore and has eight lines that produce and test up to 14 engine variants. Prasan Firodia, managing director of Force Motors, said that it would be the only company in the country to produce engines for both Mercedes Benz and BMW.