Cabinet nod for land-swap gives Nagpur airport project new lease of life

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Nagpur
  • Updated: May 04, 2016 09:48 IST
The Mihan project aims to exploit the central location of Nagpur, and convert the present Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport into a major cargo hub with integrated road and rail connectivity. (Virendra Singh Gosain/Photo for representational purposes only)

The ambitious Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur (Mihan) project has received a major boost, with the state government approving a land-swap deal between nodal agency Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) and the Indian Air Force.

As per the new understanding arrived at a cabinet meeting held in Mumbai on Tuesday, the MADC will get 278.16 hectares of land from the Air Force in exchange for around 400 hectares.

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Despite being launched by the then chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh in 2002, the project – touted to be one of India’s biggest in terms of investments – has been stuck for nearly 15 years now. This particular matter has been pending before the defence ministry for the last six years.

A meeting held in Delhi last year paved the way for the transfer of land reserved for the Air Force’s Gajraj project to Mihan.

The state cabinet also approved the exchange of 2.30 hectares of land between the MADC and the CRPF group centre here in Nagpur. Besides this, the state cabinet approved the handing over of 15.40 hectares of land to the aviation department for extension of the Mihan project.

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