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Construction work for Technology Centres at Imphal and Kochi to begin soon, bids invited

New Delhi, Sept 20 (KNN) The Ministry of MSME is all set to begin work to set up new Technology Centre at Kochi, Ernakulum, is soon to begin.

The Development Commissioner (MSME), Ministry of MSME has invited On-Line bids through e-procurement portal for the Construction Works for New TC at Kochi.

The bids are also open for construction of new Technology Centers at Imphal.

Technology Centres are being set up by the Ministry across India under World Bank Funded Technology Centre Systems Programme (TCSP).

The Programme, amounting to USD 400 Million, has been approved by Government of India and World Bank Board. The design phase got over on 15 January 2015.The implementation phase of 6 year duration has commenced since then.

According to some evaluation studies, TCs have been successful in serving MSMEs and therefore the Ministry is working to replicate these at more locations across the country so that MSMEs in the remaining states can also benefit from such centres.

Accordingly, the Government of India has approved to upgrade and expand the network of MSME Technology Centres across India.

Currently there are 18 operational Technology Centres out of which10 are for the tooling industry and 8 are for other industries such as ESDM (electronics system design and manufacturing), glass, footwear, and fragrance and flavour and sports.

Some of the existing TCs that are under implementation are - Indo German Tool Room (IGTR), Aurangabad (Maharashtra); Institute for Design of Electrical Measuring Instruments (IDEMI), Mumbai, (Maharashtra); Central Tool Room & Training Centre (CTTC), Bhubaneswar (Odisha) etc.

It is proposed to establish 15 New Technology Centres across the country out of which 12 locations have been approved the Program Steering Committee in cities including - Bhiwadi (Rajasthan); Baddi (Himachal Pradesh); Rohtak (Haryana); Durg (Chhattisgarh); Puducherry; Greater Noida etc.