keen on aircraft plant at Nagpur
Nagpur, Sep 26 (IANS) Russian plane maker Sukhoi and Malaysia-based
SKS Ventures have offered to set up an aircraft manufacturing
plant and a special economic zone for production of renewable
energy equipment components, besides developing a new airport
at Nagpur, it was announced here Friday.
The two companies have shown interest in creating these facilities
through their Indian partner Vavasi Group in the MIHAN (Multi-modal
International Hub Airport at Nagpur) project being executed
by Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC), New and
Renewable Energy Minister Vilas Muttemwar told reporters here.
The proposals, which emerged out of the Vavasi group's talks
with Muttemwar on setting up a mammoth renewable energy SEZ
in his Lok Sabha constituency, include a seemingly irresistible
solution to the vexed problem of paying acceptable compensation
to the project affected people in the MIHAN-SEZ area and rehabilitating
them, he added.
УThe group has initially sought 400 hectares land in the MIHAN-SEZ
operational area to set up a mono-crystalline growing facility,
a 2,000-megawatt mono-crystalline TV (photo-voltaic) module
and a float-glass plant. It will later seek 3,000 hectares
in the (nearby) Butibori industrial estate to create the world's
first renewable energy park,Ф the minister said.
УOnce the SEZ gets fully operational, it would account for
almost 50 percent of the current global production of renewable
energy components,Ф Muttemwar said, adding that Vavasi has
sought land in the existing MIHAN-SEZ to begin with because
the proposed renewable energy SEZ will take time to get the
Simultaneously, Sukhoi would like to partner with the Vavasi
group to set up an aircraft manufacturing plant in Nagpur,
the minister said.
Sukhoi, which is likely to sign an MoU with the Maharashtra
government Oct 10, expects its plant to initially manufacture
about 25 to 50 civilian aircraft per year and step up its
capacity to an annual production of 100 aircraft after four
Apart from meaning to invest euro 2 billion in the aircraft
manufacturing plant, which would create 15,000 direct and
75,000 indirect jobs, Sukhoi is ready to spend whatever it
takes to compensate those whose land would be acquired for
the project, Muttemwar said.
SKS Ventures, which too is ready to share the compensation
expenses with Sukhoi, also wants to set up a 2,000 MW captive
power plant for the entire cluster of facilities they will
create with an investment of euro 6 billion, the minister
The renewable energy SEZ will create an estimated 20,000 direct
and 150,000 indirect jobs, Muttemwar said, adding that the
two companies are willing to accommodate one suitable candidate
per affected family in their facilities.
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