To give a push to its ambitious Multi-modal International Hub Airport (MIHAN) project in Nagpur, which has failed to gain traction till now, the Maharashtra government has taken back eight plots it had allotted to particular companies. These firms had failed to develop and commence work on the plots, and the state now plans to re-allot them.
The state government has also finalised tender documents for a new airport, which it hopes will give the MIHAN investment destination a fillip.
“The new airport is the soul of the MIHAN project. We had drafted the tender documents after which the MIHAN board referred to a sub-committee to model it on the tender for the Navi Mumbai airport. The board has approved the final documents and we will invite tenders soon,” Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said in the state legislative council in response to a query during Question Hour.
Since last December, when a review meeting on the issue was held, the Maharashtra government has issued notices to 30 such idle investors who had taken land in MIHAN, but had not started any work despite extensions and warnings. The MIHAN task force had in December found out that of over 90 companies that purchased land in MIHAN, only about 30 had started operations. Fadnavis said that there are eight to ten more investment proposals in the pipeline.
On Wednesday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “Many investors were allotted land but it did not translate into actual investment. So, we issued notices to 30 companies asking them to return their plots. The positive effect of this was that now three of these companies have started work and ten more have submitted plans to start work in a phased manner.”
Meanwhile, three more companies have asked for extensions while the state government has taken the possession of land from eight firms so far, Fadnavis added.
The state government recently allotted 289 acres of land to Anil Ambani’s Reliance Aerostructure Ltd (RAL) for a proposed Rs 6,500-crore unit for aircraft and helicopter manufacturing in MIHAN.
The chief minister said the government is in talks with Yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth for setting up a food processing plant at MIHAN, and is separately planning an agro-processing industry in the region.