Saturday, September 26, 2015

Govt allots 289 acres to Anil Ambani’s RAL, to be India’s first pvt sector defence aviation unit

Nagpur: The Maharashtra government allotted 289 acres of land to Anil Ambani’s Reliance Aerostructure Ltd (RAL) here for its proposed aircraft and helicopter manufacturing unit Friday. It is going to be India’s first private sector defence manufacturing project. The project is likely to be known as Dhirubhai Ambani Aerospace Park. As part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project ‘Make in India’, RAL will set up the 6,500 crore unit in Multimodal International Hub Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) to manufacture military as well as civil aircraft. The unit will also collaborate with Russia to manufacture the Kamov 226T helicopters, besides aerospace platforms. Describing the project as a milestone for MIHAN and Vidarbha, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “Anil Ambani has been praising MIHAN during his visits to Russia, France and has in a way served as its brand ambassador. This canvasing of MIHAN will help bring many global companies to MIHAN.”
Reminiscing about his association with Anil Ambani’s father Dhirubhai Ambani, Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said, “I had his blessings when I completed the Mumbai-Pune Expressway as he was initially very apprehensive of the project. For the this project, I told Anil Ambani that MIHAN is the perfect place and he readily agreed to be a part of the project. It will hugely trigger the development of MIHAN.”
26/09/15 Vivek Deshpande/Indian Express
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