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Global Aerospace Meet in Hyderabad

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Greater Possibilities says the tagline for three-day Global Defense & Aerosupply India being organized in Hyderabad. It aims to showcase the 29th State of India – TELANGANA to the global majors in the defense & aerospace industry as a potential hub for the industry. The new State took birth on June 2nd after a 14 year struggle to gain political approval and comes into its own trying to garner support from general public, politicians and investors alike. The birth pangs of this new State after division from erstwhile united Andhra Pradesh is visible with resources coming under severe strain. The resilient & tough Chief Minister who had dug his heels for last 14 years is now steering the new State towards “Bangaru Telangana” and making efforts to bring prosperity having achieved Statehood with its industry & investment-friendly policies.

In this backdrop, the three-day Global Defense Aerosupply India being organized by Govt. of Telangana brings global majors like EADS, Airbus, Eurocopter, Dassault, UTC, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, Hamilton, Zodiac, Philips Aircraft, UTC HQ and the IAMF (Israeli Aerospace Manufacturing Federation) to Hyderabad. Some of the best minds will be talking about the Opportunities in the Defense & Aerospace industry and discuss the challenges & government policies alike.

They include keynote addresses by Dr. V. K. Saraswat, Former Secretary, Dept. of Defence R&D (GoI) & Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri & Director General of DRDO & ADA, Dr. Henri-Jacques Topf, Chairman – Schneider International, Mr. Daniel Kumar, Director SCM, UTC AerospacE Systems, Mr. Richard Budihadianto, President & CEO – GMF AeroAsia, Mr. Y Chandra Shekhar, Head – Sourcing, Airbus India, Mr. Ashish Mishra, Head – Indian Operations, P3, Mr. Girish Deshmukh, Head – Aerospace, GMR Hyderabad International Airport, Mr. Jayesh Ranjan, IAS & MD – APIIC, Mr. G Satheesh Reddy, Director – Research Center Imarat, DRDO, Mr. Patrick Fardeau, Aerospace & Defence Industry Sales Director – Dassault Systemes, Mr. Raj Velagapudi, Senior VP – Cyient among other distinguished speakers.

If you want to stay abreast of the developments in this space, keep visiting the conference website, http://www.aerosupplyindia.com for updates


Written by schelluri

October 20, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Why Srikakulam????

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Ask any industry captain to consider investment in Srikakulam district – all you get is a stern glare that is full of question marks?? Recent incidents of any corporation wanting to set up shop both in public & private sector have not been encouraging. Violence, death, protests, public hearings getting sabotaged, growing activism are factors worrying an investor to consider Srikakulam. But what led to this situation needs some careful understanding?

The moot question is about why Srikakulam district is unable to create employment & income generating opportunities, despite incentives from the State Govt. It has the advantage of a long coastline of 193 kms and spread over 5,837 sq. kms with a population upwards of 25 lakh; but more than 75% of the population is still dependent on agriculture, saltpans, fishing and sundry jobs.  


Whether it’s sand mining, fish research center, thermal power, nuclear power plant or pharmaceutical industry – protests are widespread. What are their lurking fears to permit and partner in any development project. Is it fear of losing land, poor compensation, provision of jobs, issue of pollution, human rights; bad rehabilitation & relocation policy for land losers; lack of proper jobs for land losers – without skill up-gradation; ill-health from the industries; political interference. Maybe a combination of all these factors and misguidance by some vested groups as well.

This kind of ambience definitely doesn’t augur well for any industry. Even if the best incentives are offered – no businessman would like to risk his investment and work in a tense environment that puts his men & material under threat of constant uncertainty. If the entire work cycle is to come under the cloud of protest & negative sentiment – he/she would re-consider his option and move to a more congenial industrial atmosphere that fosters development. Remember how the Tata Nano project moved lock stock & barrel from Singur to Sanand in the backdrop of a similar protest & negative sentiment.

INDUSTRY COMPASSION OR LACK OF IT: The scale of industry coming up or proposing to set up shop needs to take cognizance of these local issues; identify the stakeholders, understand their issues, myths & concerns and partner with both the local Panchayat officials and also with govt. administration. Is it lack of compassion by the industry captains denying these villagers who forfeit their land for the project & get a raw deal in the process and get further exploited by the vested groups and politicians. Is the industry being driven by profiteering motive and denying the local villagers their share of the progress either social, economic benefits accruing from the said project??


The biggest loser is the Srikakulam district and its citizens. Can we change this?? I propose an initiative titled Srikakulam First that will identify the issues plaguing the industrial development, partner in stakeholder engagement and work in conjunction with local villagers and Govt. administration. Members of Srikakulam First could be people with origins & roots in this district – who have done well for themselves in any area – education, politics, cinema, sports, IAS, IPS, artist, business etc. Let’s identify such people – form a committee and work on a time-bound agenda to bring change!!


This needs to be done on TOP PRIORITY – with the rising protest groups, violence in the form of protests, media reportage, angst within the village folk against any development could create the much needed gap for extremist forces to enter and create a Singur-like situation in West Bengal?? 

Written by schelluri

May 8, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Withering in darkness

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If no heed is paid for generation, power cuts will get longer

The State Government Energy department announces the reduction of power cuts to one hour, which was in force in twin cities from the first week of August, has proved to be short-lived with the government reverting to the four-hour cuts now. “The power supply situation has deteriorated. There is no alternative for us but to revert to power cuts,” an official of the Central Power Distribution Company Limited said. With demand far outstripping supply and power shortage peaking upwards of 60 MU and no capacity addition in generation in sight, problems of power cuts is not going away soon.

There is fear that power cuts may extend to four to five hours in cities like Vijayawada, Tirupati, Visakhapatnam, Rajahmundry and Warangal. The suburbs of Hyderabad are already facing two-three additional power cuts in addition to the scheduled announcements. The industry which is suffering from power crisis is increased holidays for staff and exploring change in shift timings to work in non-peak hours – read night akin to BPOs. Loss of productivity, employment, income and work orders are an important by product of this shortage but who is listening.

Political parties across party lines continue to stage old-fashioned dharna & protests with lanterns, rasta roko demanding 7-hour power supply to agriculture & shed crocodile tears for farmers. The State Energy Conservation Mission has pronounced some lofty ideas for energy conservation in government offices – switch off AC, tube lights, fans when “NOT AT WORK” among others. Are we looking at the wrong end of the problem and hence unable to find a solution or we don’t want to find a solution??

Why is nobody talking about the crisis in power generation – irrespective of the fuel; be it thermal, hydro, nuclear or alternate like wind, solar etc? The generation targets set by the Planning Commission for Five Year Plans is invariably off by a cool 50% every year and adds up for the next and currently is around 100000 MW across all sources – but not happening. WHY??

The promotion of renewable energy is welcome and should be encouraged BUT only as supplement. With governments and corporate sector struggling in land acquisition process of power plants, how will large tracts of land required for solar energy plants of 8-10 acres per MW be acquired when 0.8 acre per MW for a coal-fired thermal power plant is mired in controversies? Issue of scale also needs to be taken into account when promoting renewable energy because generating 1000 MW solar is not possible in same area where a 1000 MW thermal plant can be set up. Also, the cost of setting up a 1 MW solar plant is Rs 18-20 crore as against Rs 5-6 crore for a 1 MW coal plant. This dynamic in promoting renewable energy needs to be factored and also when rubbishing coal-fired plants in name of pollution. Its economics not pollution that works!!

Land acquisition, a whole bunch of government clearances from forest, municipal, railways, airport, revenue etc and approval for fuel allocation, financial closure and equipment supply is the long list of to-do list for any power producer to set up a plant. Assuming one has achieved all this, the actual ground reality hits!!

The local populace needs to be convinced of the need for setting up a power plant and its socio-economic benefits that will accrue to them for giving their land for this project and even before consultations have started – green army lands up to state that the project pollutes and environmentalists are just waiting at your gate to add to your pile of woes. If any investor is still willing to stick his neck out to fight these demons to set up the plant – the Government which initially welcomes them with open arms to set up a plant – immediately washes their hands off their responsibilities and leaves the poor investor to fend for himself without any support to handle the situation.

By this stage – the entrepreneur, bankers and govt. besides the actual stakeholders around the proposed power plant are entangled in a large number of issues ranging from compensation, fudged records, allegations of land being usurped, political & local populace demands that put the project in a bind. Nobody is willing to stand up to address the concerns or issues plaguing the project and instead busy with passing the buck – entrepreneur is stranded with huge debt, equipment lying in the nearest port and bankers chasing him for his monthly interest on the public funds raised through banks & FIs but no progress at the actual site.

Seminars & debates on power crisis by industry bodies like CII, Ficci and TV channels & newspapers rule roost thereafter crying hoarse on power cuts and issues with setting up power plants but not addressing the issue of handling power shortage!!

We will get to a situation where governments will announce schedules of available power supply of 4-6 hours instead of power cuts of that tune if no heed is paid to generation issues. Its time policy makers, private or government power producers, bankers and civil society sit together and agree to disagree on certain issues to wriggle out of this crisis of power shortage.


Even generators & inverters need power to charge – will run out of even that if generation is not addressed

Till such time – everybody can just wait for power supply to come for short period to follow their routine – wither in darkness!! Inverters and power generators are welcome but we need power to charge them as well.