KSGA plans to start engine bay in Mihan by March 2023 | Nagpur News


Nagpur: Kalpana Saroj Global Aviation (KSGA), a subsidiary of Kamanani Tubes Limited, plans to create the country’s first engine bay by March 2023 in the Mihan SEZ.
Led by Padma Shri Award winner Kalpana Saroj, known for her story of rags to wealth, from living in Mumbai’s slums to running a business, the company has been awarded an acre of land. A groundbreaking ceremony for the project took place on Sunday. State Energy Minister Nitin Raut, who is also the Guardian Minister of Nagpur District, was the guest of honor.
A consultant for the company during a presentation said that Lufthansa in Frankfurt, Germany has such a facility. Company administration director Ashish Deshpande said the aircraft maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) will be carried out in Mihan. KGSGA will be the only installation dealing exclusively with the repair and maintenance of the motors to be carried out separately.
The company claims to generate Net Foreign Exchange Income (NFE) in the first year itself, which is a cost effective alternative to overseas facilities. “Since even the engines of domestic-flying planes are leased to foreign original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), even catering carriers in the country will generate foreign exchange,” Deshpande said.
The facility will have 10 hangars and KGSA aims to start by supporting 40 to 60 engines for repair and maintenance work for the first two years. After that, the numbers should be doubled. The company will support all brands of aircraft engines, including Roll-Royce and Pratt-Whitney, with the exception of other companies, the consultant said during the presentation. Apart from airplanes, even helicopter engines will be serviced here.
KGSGA expects a large customer base from low-cost airlines who find repairs or maintenance at OEM factories expensive. Even OEMs would prefer to have a facility supporting their engines in India. KGSA is looking forward to joint ventures and B2B partnerships for the project. Future plans include the establishment of an air charter service and an aviation training school.
“We would need an investment of around Rs 20 crore for the initial set-up which includes a hangar and other civil works,” said Kaplana Saroj, CMD at ToI. This is the initial estimate with funds from Kamani Tubes, the parent company. Saroj had joined the management of Kamani Tubes, a sick company in 2006, and relaunched it. “The estimate for the advanced stage will be made by my team of experts,” said Saroj.
“I had sent a proposal to PMO that we might need 30 acres of land. A letter of recommendation was quickly sent to the state government. However, we had planned to take an acre first, which is the initial requirement. More land would be acquired as the project expands, ”she said.


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