Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Though mostly empty, govt seeks to expand Mihan

Nagpur: Launched 16 years ago, 92% of land in Multi-modal International Hub Airport at Nagpur (Mihan)-Special Economic Zone (SEZ) stands allotted. Nodal agency Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) is getting demand for more land, especially in non-SEZ area so Mihan is likely to witness an expansion soon.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday directed the MADC officials and district collector to identify more land for Mihan expansion. Sources in these offices told TOI, expansion was possible only towards Sumthana situated behind Isasani. “There is sprawling land in mouza Sumthana. Also, Mihan-SEZ will get access from Outer Ring Road and proposed Nagpur-Mumbai Samdruddhi Corridor if it is expanded towards Sumthana. Major challenge will be acquisition of land and compensation. Industries will come only if land cost is low,” sources said.
MADC figures show only 331 of around 4,000 hectares in Mihan-SEZ has remained unallotted. Around 1,500 hectares has been transferred for new airport. Around 400 hectares is kept for Indian Air Force (IAF).
28/08/18 Anjaya Anparthi/Times of India

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