Nagpur: “The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (Reliance ADAG) will not just set up the Dhirubhai Ambani Aerospace Park in Mihan-SEZ but also will partner the city of Nagpur in making it the best Smart City in the country,” said the Chairman of Reliance Group,” Anil Ambani here on Friday.
He was speaking at a grand function to handover allotment letter for 289 acres of land for the proposed park in Mihan-SEZ organised by the Maharashtra Airports Developments Company in the city.
The chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is also th ex-offico chairman of MADC handed over the allotment letter to Ambani.
Those who were seated on the dais included chairman of editorial board of Lokmat Group, Vijay Darda, MPs, Kripal Tumane and MLAs, Vikas Kumbhare, Sudhakar Kohle, Sameer Meghe, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Sameer Kunnawar, Sunil Kedar, Mallikarjun Reddy, Jogendra Kawade, Prakash Gajbhiye, Nago Ganar, zilla parishad chairwoman, Nisha Sawarakar and additional chief secretay, P S Meena.
Fadnavis, a man of vision
Describing the chief minister Devendra Fadnavis as man of vision, the business tycoon also complimented him, union minister Nitin Gadkari and industry minister Subhash Desai for clearing the project of Reliance ADAG and handing over allotment letter in 69 days flat.
Ambani also disclosed that the new policy of allowing private sector entry into defence sector formulated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made Reliance ADAG to focus on this sector.
The group already has acquired stake in Pipavav Defence and off share Engineering company for using its port for construction of war ships required by Indian Navy, he said and also disclosed that efforts would be made to reduce the quantum of imports of defence products from 70 percent to self sufficiency.
Speaking on the occasion, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis complimented Ambani for selecting Mihan-SEZ for setting up the group”s first Defence products hub and assured that state government will extend all cooperation to the group.
Ambani brand ambassador of Mihan
Fadnavis also said that Mihan-SEZ has got a very dynamic Brand Ambassador in Mr Ambani and hoped that Reliance-ADAG entry would act in making Nagpur a nucleus for industrial investment. Already Boeing has started reconsidering its entry in Air India MRO and Etihad Airlines of Middle east also has shown keen interest in starting cargo operations at Nagpur airport, he disclosed.
Boeing India to stage a comeback
Initially, Boeing India was proposed to operate the MRO depot at Mihan-Sez. However, following completion of the project, Boeing handed it over to Air India which sent a negative message. “But I discussed the issue with the CEO of Boeing during my recent visit to the US and requested him to once again take charge of the depot,” the chief minister informed adding, I also assured him that State government would help Boeing in crossing over all the hurdles.
On this, the Boeing CEO gave a positive reponse. A yet another meeting would be held in the next 15 days, the chief minister said. Chairman of Reliance ADAG Anil Ambani, chairman of Editorial Board of Lokmat Media and Rajya Sabha member Vijay Darda and Union surface transport minister Nitin Gadkari sharing a lighter moment during a function organised in the city to hand over allotment letter of 289-acre land in Mihan-SEZ for Dhirubhai Ambani Aerospace Park on Friday.
Jobs to youths would get priority: Gadkari
Union transport minister, Nitin Gadkari said it important to promote industry and tourism for development of Vidarbha and provide jobs to the youths. Union government is making efforts in this direction.
The beginning has been made in Mihan. The accleration being given to Mihan has prompted many companies like Infosys and HCL to pitch tent here. The government is trying to reduce tax on spares so that overhaul of aircraft is done at Boeing MRO depot.
Other big investors would also follow suit taking cue from Reliance ADG. This would create plethora of job opportunities- which is the primacy of the government.
The government is of the view that backward and tribal regions of Vidarbha should develop and poor and deprived sections of the society get jobs.
In this connection an important meeting was held in New Delhi for exploring possibility of setting up industries in New Delhi, he said.
While reviving memories of the interaction with late industry magnate Dhirubhai Ambani, Gadari referred to the former as a true nation lover as he had only the prosperity and development of the nation uppermost in his mind.
Cheap power to industries: Bawankule
Energy minister of Maharashtra and guardian minister of Nagpur district, Chandrashekhar Bawankule said Friday would be the Red Letter day for Nagpur and Vidarbha.
He told the gathering that for a long time industries were operated on back up power like generators. However, after the present government assued office, the situation has changed completely. In Mihan, power is now sold to industries at the rate of ` 4.40 per unit. He assured that in future no hike would be made in the tariff.
Mihan has become Mahan : Desai
Industry minister, Subhash Desai while complimenting Reliance ADG Group chairman, Anil Ambani for pitching tent in Mihan, further said with the arrival of Anil Ambani Group at Mihan, it (Mihan) has become mahan (great). He also told the gathering that for making Make In India campaign successful, we must ensure success of Make In Maharashtra campaign. For this purpose, the government is ready to provide land, power and other infrastructure facilities.
The proposed Dhirubhai Ambani Aerospace Park at Mihan Sez would encourage small and ancillary units in Vidarbha and jobless youths would get gainful employment.
The SME sector would undergo complete metamorphosis.
Earlier, vice-chairman and managing director of MADC, Tanaji Satre made an introductory remark. He said Reliance Airostructure had submitted a tender for the land and a decision to hand over 289 acre land to the company was taken on August 11. The $ 1 billion investment would provide direct and indirect jobs to 20,000 youths. The project would be completed in five years
CEO and vice-president of Reliance Defence Rajesh Dhingra made a Power Point Presentation about Dhirubhai Ambani Aerospace Park and ADG Group. He said defence department has to import 60 to 70 per cent gadgets and equipment. However at Dhirubhai Ambani Aerospace Park choppers, rockets and spare parts would be manufactured which would be the biggest project in South-East Asia.
PRO of MADC, Deepak Joshi and Sitarattu conducted the proceedings. District collector, Sachin Kurve proposed a vote of thanks.
A large number of MADC officials and eminent citizens of Nagpur attended the programme.