Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal on Friday visited the Hyderabad-based infrastructure giant maintenance, repair and operation (MRO) facility of GMR at the international airport besides the Genome Valley Life Sciences Park with a view to establishing a similar set-up at SAS Nagar.
Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) proposes to establish an MRO facility at the SAS Nagar international airport to create north India's hub for maintenance of aircraft.
The Punjab government plans to establish biotech incubators and manufacturing facilities at its biotech park site at SAS Nagar.
"My aim is to establish a world-class MRO facility at SAS Nagar which will not only cater to the Delhi airport but will also eventually become a maintenance hub for the South East Asia region," Sukhbir said while interacting with GMR CEO Uday Naidu on Friday afternoon.
He was given a brief presentation on the MRO facility established by GMR and also toured the facility to understand its operations.
The GMR group also evinced an interest in taking part in a competitive bid to establish a greenfield airport at Ludhiana.
Badal also visited the Genome Valley at Turkapally near Hyderabad and he interacted with the management of IKP Park and Alexandria Park.
At the IPK Knowledge Park, Sukhbir was given a presentation on how the facility had developed into a centre which housed 76 companies which were doing research on life sciences and had already resulted in 110 start-ups and 200 patents.
The deputy chief minister invited IPK to provide technical assistance to the Punjab government for establishing a biotech park on 70 acres of land at SAS Nagar. Park CEO and MD Deepanwita Chattopadhyay assured full cooperation in this regard.