iPhones to be manufactured in state by 2024: Karnataka govt

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Bengaluru: Large and medium industries minister, Karnataka, MB Patil on Thursday said that the Foxconn company has plans to start manufacturing iPhone units by April 2024 at its’ proposed Devanahalli plant and the state government would hand over the required land for the company by July 1 to facilitate this.

He stated this while the representatives of the company led by George Chu met him as part of the courtesy visit. IT/BT minister Priyanka Kharge was also present.

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A delegation of Foxconn, a Taiwan based firm, meets Karnataka minister MB Patil

With this, the new government has sped up the process of the ₹13,600 crore project, which is expected to create 50,000 jobs.

“The identified 300 acres of land at Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR) of Devanahalli would be handed over to the firm by July 1. Along with this, the state government would ensure providing 5 million litre per day (MLD) of water, quality power supply, road connectivity and other infrastructure facilities”, he explained.

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“The company has been asked to provide the details of the skill sets it seeks in employees. Accordingly, steps will be taken to facilitate training programmes for eligible candidates to make them employable,” Patil elaborated.

The Taiwan-based global company, Foxconn, has already paid 30% of the cost towards the land (₹90 crores) to Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB). It has set the goal to complete the project in three faces and has set a target of manufacturing 20 million units (2 crore units) annually from the plant after the completion of three phases.

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Paul Liu, Tonn Liu, Simon Song, Bharath Dandi and others from Foxconn were present.

Dr EV Ramana Reddy, ACS, Department of IT, S. Selva Kumar, Principal Secretary, Commerce and Industries, and Gunjan Krishna, Commissioner, Department of Commerce and Industries were also present.

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