Thursday, April 12, 2012

Land in Bidar for HAL project may get Cabinet nod

The ambitious plan of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to set up a manufacturing unit for its Advanced Utility Helicopter (AUH) will come up before the Cabinet on Thursday. The land identified for the project in Bidar will be discussed.

HAL is likely to get the approval for the project with Defence Minister A K Antony already having expressed interest in it.

Former chief minister and Bidar Congress MP Dharam Singh, who has been backing the project, has already held discussions with Antony in this regard.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, he said, “I met Antony three months ago and requested him to allow this project to come up in Bidar. The district will hugely benefit from this project. It will also help generate employment. Antony has promised that his ministry will give the clearances, if the State government helps in securing land for the project. The district also has an airport. So, I said priority should be given to Bidar.” 

Singh said he had also held discussions with Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda about the proposal. “Gowda seemed very positive about the project. The district has been neglected for a long time now,” he said.

The MP said there was availability of revenue land at two to three places in the district, including Aurad and Bhalki, for the project.


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