An expert team would soon hold talks with Madurai district administration on identifying the site for the proposed Rs 48,000 crore aero park, according to Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers M K Azhagiri.
The aero park, to be constructed on 4,000 acres, would house several industries that make spare parts and also repair aircrafts, he said.
The expert team from Chennai would hold talks with district Collector N Mathivanan.
The park to be set up under the public private partnership would make Madurai one of the modern cities in the country, he said after inaugurating the Madurai MP's South Zone office in Madurai on Monday last night.
The park where designs to maintenance of civil aircrafts would be undertaken, among others, was expected to generate job opportunities for one lakh people, he said.
Stating that the Central Institute of Plastic Engineering Technology would establish its tool design centre near Madurai, he said "my aim is not only to industrialise Madurai, but all the Southern districts of Tamil Nadu."
The Chief Minister was also keen to see more industries were set up in the Southern districts and he had assured to impress corporate houses to set up shops in South Tamil Nadu, Azhagiri said.
He said the Essar Company Ltd. would establish a business process outsourcing (BPO) unit in Madurai, which would generate jobs for about 2,000 people.