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|Posted: Sun Jan 28, 2007 8:04 am Post subject: Boeing MRO unit not to go out of Nagpur: minister
|Sunday, January 28, 2007
Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel has said that he will ensure that the proposed maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) unit of US aircraft manufacturer Boeing does not go out of Nagpur.
The MRO unit is being set up here in fulfilment of the promise the aviation giant made to the central government as part of a deal last year and there is no question of any change in that decision, Patel told reporters here Saturday.
The Boeing proposal had seemingly run into rough weather earlier this month following a statement by the executive head of the Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) R.C. Sinha that the aviation major's demand for 80 hectares of land was impossible to fulfil.
The MADC is a partner in the special purpose vehicle (SPV) set up with the Airport Authority of India (AAI) to develop the proposed cargo and passenger hub in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ), adjacent to the international airport at Nagpur.
Boeing selected Nagpur to set up its second MRO unit after China following a deal with the central government to sell 64 aircraft to the country last year. Setting up an MRO base at a suitable place was a condition put up by the government while finalising the deal.
Nagpur's central location in the country, its dry weather and availability of land on all sides of the airport were the factors weighing in favour of the Boeing unit in addition to the upcoming Maharashtra International Hub Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) project, popularly known as cargo hub project.