On Wednesday, 17-Feb I got a chance to visit the ‘Make inIndia’ centre at Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai. Being a resident of Mumbai, I was quite eager to visit this since I had seen all the advertisements on large hoarding as well as on the Web. I happened to pass through the adjoining road of the BKC Complex a couple of days before this event was inaugurated by Hon Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi. Then I was simply astonished by looking at the massiveness of the structure being built for the event.
After reaching the venue, we first thought of heading back due to the huge crowd. But kudos to the Organizing team for very efficient management, due to which we could complete the registration and enter the exhibition within 20 mins.
The exhibition at the centre was organised across 27 halls spread across a vast area. Several national and international establishments took part in this event as well. Other than these, there were other halls for holding conferences, meetings and other seminars. Over 2500 international and 8000 Indian companies are claimed to have participated in this week-long event.
During the 2.5 hrs we spent out here, we visited:
- Defence & Aerospace, Indian Navy & Civil Aviation
- Technology, IT & Electronics
- Maharashtra Pavilion (highlighting initiatives and achievements from the state of Maharashtra)
- States Pavilion (highlighting initiatives in various states of India)
Each of these exhibition areas gave an idea of the magnitude of initiatives taking place in our country, which are mostly not known to the common Indian man. My personal favourite was the Defence & Aerospace section. This section showed India’s progress in developing world class defence and aeronautics capability. The major achievement here was the frugal way in which India has developed some of these. Some of the exhibitors in this area were ISRO, DRDO, Boeing India, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., Indian Navy and others.
The hall housing the Automobile sector was the one that attracted the biggest crowd. Particularly the DC (Dilip Chhabria company) stall has the most number of people flocking around. Some other exhibitors in this area were Jaguar Land Rover, Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra & Mahindra, Mercedes India, Renault India, Volkswagen India etc.
Country and State-wise pavilions showcased their achievements across various sectors. 17 states from across India held the pavilions and Germany, Korea and Sweden had country pavilions in this event.
A week after the conclusion of this event, there have been reports mentioning about the success of this event and the magnitude in which investment commitments have been made. It is hoped that this summit will create positive environment for attracting investors from across the world. I myself had not seen such a multi-sectoral industrial event and felt proud to be an Indian, every minute of my visit.
(Posting a few photographs from the event)
|Makes from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. at the entry gate|
Andhra Pradesh state pavilion
JCB products on display
DC exhibit in Automobile hall