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    Sukhoi civilian aircraft unit to come up in Nagpur

    Nagpur (PTI): The Russian military aircraft major, Sukhoi would be setting up its civilian aircraft manufacturing plant in Nagpur.

    "The Sukhoi will invest two billion Euro for manufacturing about 25 to 50 super jets initially and later 100 aircarft in full capacity," Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Vilas Muttemwar, told reporters here.

    "The super jets will be of 90 to 130 seater," Muttemwar said.

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh is likely to sign the agreement in presence of Union Defence Minister A K Antony early next month.

    A Malaysian group Al-Bukhari which has expertise in developing airports will be strategic partner in developing the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for solar energy, he said.

    With Bawasi, an Indian partner will acquire land, rehabilitate the oustees and develop the SEZ as part of the prestigious multi modal international passenger and cargo hub (MIHAN) in city.

    Muttemwar said Al-Bukhari will invest six billion Euro in the process of setting up mono crystalline growing facility having a capacity of 20,000 metric tonnes on a piece of land admeasuring 400 hectares of land.

    The aircraft manufacturing plant itself would provide direct employment to 15,000 persons and about 75,000 indirect employment.

    Apart from production, many ancillary units will come up here, he said. It would require 300 hectares of land adjacent to runway and the Nagpur airport.



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