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Anil Ambani to set up Rs 6,500 crore aerospace project in Nagpur

Dhirubhai Ambani Aerospace Park (DAAP) in Mihan will create 1,500 jobs in the primary sector, around 3,500 in the secondary and 5,000 in the tertiary sector respectively.

business Updated: Aug 30, 2015 00:18 IST
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Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis handing over the allotment letter of 289 acres of land in Nagpur's Mihan SEZ for Dhirubhai Ambani Aerospace Park (DAAP) to the chairman of Reliance Group, Anil Ambani. (Photo source: Twitter/Dev_Fadnavis)

Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group announced an investment worth Rs 6,500 crore to set up a greenfield aerospace project in 289 acres of land in Nagpur's ambitious Mihan SEZ.

"We are deeply committed to defence sector. Our first acquisition was Pipavav. Project at Mihan would be the largest greenfield project not only in India but in South East Asia," Reliance Group Chairman Anil Ambani said.

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis handed over the land allotment letter at a ceremony in Nagpur to Anil Ambani, the chairman of Reliance group for its defence arm - the Reliance Aerostructure Ltd. Union minister and parliamentarian from Nagpur, Nitin Gadkari was also present on the occasion.

"We started on June 16, 2015, with first presentation and in less than 10 weeks we got the land. This is a record," Ambani said. He added that 'Make in India' campaign is encouraging private sector participation.

Reliance Group plans to build Dhirubhai Ambani Aerospace Park (DAAP) in Mihan, a site which was selected after extensive survey of sites in various states.

Multimodal International Hub and Airport, Nagpur (Mihan) was selected over other sites because of its facilities and infrastructure like Medi city, availability of top class managers, proximity to IIM, disciplined work culture, airfield and air space for flight tests, proximity to international airport, excellent telecommunications connectivity and social infrastructure among others, company officials said.

The group plans to set up assembly lines and manufacturing facilities of fixed wing aircrafts, aerostructure for commercial transport aircraft and helicopters for both defence and commercial use.

The park will also house ancillary and component manufacturing units to support after sales requirement, the officials said.

It is estimated that the park will create 1,500 jobs in the primary sector, around 3,500 in the secondary and 5,000 in the tertiary sector respectively. The group also has plans to set up a centre of excellence for design technology and manufacturing.

To be developed on the lines of smart city layout, DAAP will offer One-stop hub for all the aerospace requirements, the officials said adding that they are hopeful that global original equipment manufacturers in defence and aerospace platforms and components will set up shops in DAAP.

First Published: Aug 29, 2015 22:57 IST