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Singapore company to improve Nagpur airport

The state Govt signs a memorandum of understanding with the CAI during its Road Show, reports Pradip Kumar Maitra.

india Updated: Jan 09, 2007 19:54 IST

The Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation (MADC) has engaged the Singapore’s Changi Airport International (CAI) as consultants for the development of the airport at the Multi-nodal International Cargo Hub and Airport Project at Nagpur (MIHAN).

Informing this in Nagpur on Tuesday, RC Sinha, managing director of MADC said that the state government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the CAI during its "Road Show" to attract investors for MIHAN project in Singapore last month.

The Singapore-based airport company handles over 4.3-crore passengers annually with a minimum staff. It would ensure the efficiency of the Nagpur International Airport after it would be transferred from the Airport Authority of India (AAI) to MIHAN, soon.

The state government and the Union Civil Aviation ministry arrived a decision for transfer of the Nagpur airport to a joint venture company - MIHAN - through a MoU last month, comprising MADC and AAI with equity participation of 51 and 49 per cent respectively.

Sinha said that the officials of CAI have already visited Nagpur and proposed short term and medium term measures for the immediate improvement and performance of Nagpur airport. The MADC is widening the existing runway of Nagpur airport from 3,200 x 45 metres to 4,000 x 60 metres to meet the international standards with a provision for developing another runway of the same size.

Once fully developed, the airport will have space for 50 aircraft at one time and 50 more on the fringe areas. Besides, the airport will have a maintenance repairs and overhaul (MRO) base for which the MADC has signed a MoU with Boeing, which will be setting up their MRO for south Asia at Nagpur.

However, the project can be delayed as Boeing is insisting for 80 acres of land while the MADC is not ready to give more than 40 acres. "It hardly requires of 30 acres of land, the kind of maintenance unit it is proposing to set up at Nagpur. However, we offered them more than its requirement," he claimed. Besides Boeing, MAX AeroSpace and Aviation Limited was allotted around 15 acres of land for setting up their aircraft Maintenance Centre in the proposed Special Economic Zone (SEZ), adjacent of MIHAN, he added.

Besides the Aviation industries, the well-known IT Company, HCL has setting up its base at Nagpur by acquiring 140 acre of land at SEZ. The company has given a commitment to provide employment of over 10,000 personnel in a span of 5-6 years.

Meanwhile, the MADC has already issued letter of Intent to one Hyderabad-based construction company for execution of Water Supply and Sewerage Disposal System, including construction of Sewage Treatment Plant, Water Treatment Plant and Tertiary Treatment Plant in the MIHAN Project area, at a cost of around Rs 204-crore.

E-mail Pradip Kumar Maitra: pradipmaitra @hindustantimes.com