Mumbai getting ready for Make In India week

Mumbai will be spruced up and exude a world-class feel for at least a week when the Maharashtra govt lays out the red carpet to play host to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet project, `Make in India'. Representatives of some 1,000 companies from 60 countries ­ the hotel industry reckons some 10,000 rooms will be taken up for the event -are going to be in the city for the Make in India Week starting from February 13.
The week-long event, being organised by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) and the Union ministry of commerce and industry, will see investors huddling together for a piece of the manufacturing sector under the `Make in India' umbrella. The inaugural gala event being held at the MMRDA grounds at the Bandra-Kurla Complex on February 13 will be attended by the prime minister himself. Modi will be in Mumbai for two days.
The entire show is being together by secretary, DIPP, Amitabh Kant, along with assistance from the state government and the BMC. The civic body chief, Ajoy Mehta, has been entrusted the task of sprucing up the city and ensure it gives visitors a world-class feel, at least from February 13 to 18.
Kant told Mumbai Mirror that the Make in India Week will be a mega carnival ­ the city will be turned into a melting pot of art, music and all things culture. The plans include larger-than-life-sized lion installations, massive interactive digital display screens with projection mapping, street food festivals, art and culture shows, musical performances, street art shows, shopping carnivals and exhibitions across museums and galleries.
“We are planning tours to studios and Film city too. Maharashtra Night a cultural event will be held on February 14. On February 15 and 16, the Elephanta festival will be held at Gateway of India. The Bandra fort will play host to a fusion concert on February 16,” Principal Secretary (Industries) Apurva Chandra said. Officials who attended the meetings where plans were unveiled said, “We are calling it Mumbai Takeover.
‘Born in Benaras,’ a textile show by the Fashion Design Council of India is among the highlights along with a 600-person, sit-down dinner prepared by the renowned chefs of the Experience India Society. A textile exhibition will be held at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya on February 17. The government is also planning a visit to old mills to show the city was built due to textile mills,“ Chandra said.
“This is the flagship event for forging global engagement with the Indian industry in the form of partnerships and investments,“ the secretary said, adding that he had no doubts about Mumbai being set to host the lion, which is the mascot of the Make in India campaign,“ DIPP secretary Kant said.
Chief Secretary Swadheen Kshatriya told Mumbai Mirror, “This is going to be one of biggest events not just for Mumbai, but also for the country. We will focus on Make in India and Make in Maharashtra.Many CEOs of multinationals and heads of the state are expected. We want Mumbai to be vibrant during this time. The Elephanta Festival will be held at that time. The BMC has promised to make up all roads, provide enough and cleanliness. The work of erecting the pavilion has already started at BKC.” Upon his arrival in Mumbai on February 13, Modi will head to the MMRDA grounds to inaugurate the official headquarters of the week – the Make in India Centre. He will then proceed to NSCI in Worli, where he will kick start the Make in India week.
The Make in India Week headquarters to come up at BKC will be a combination of superior design with modern industrial aesthetics. ”The space will feature sector and states pavilions, conference rooms, meeting lounges and exhibitions of the most innovative products and manufacturing processes developed across India,” Kant said.
Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta said, “There is going to be a half-day conference on Make in Mumbai. We will brand Mumbai in a big way and try to get investments for the Mumbai. It's a great opportunity to brand Mumbai. There are two main functionsat BKC and NSCI. Areas from Bandra to Island City will be spruced up.“
Digging of roads will not be allowed at all and there will be cleanliness drives across the city. The traffic islands will sport the Make in India mascot. Marine Drive and Gateway of India will be decked up too.

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