Chandigarh August 11: Haryana Finance Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu has said that the State Government has applied to the Government of India for declaring the Airport in Hisar under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) and hoped that it would be included in the next list of RCS Airports.
          Capt. Abhimanyu disclosed this in a meeting with British High Commissioner to India Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG who called on him here today. He said that once the Hisar Airport is included under the RCS, the air ticket would be priced as low as Rs 2500. 
          Sir Dominic Asquith evinced keen interest in investing in Haryana in the fields of agriculture, agro-food processing, cold chain, civil aviation and solid and liquid waste management. He said that several leading companies of UK intend to invest in Haryana in big projects. 
          Capt. Abhimanyu said that Haryana has a huge potential for investment owing its locational advantage and close proximity to National Capital Delhi.  He said that the State Government is pursuing an additional airport in Hisar, 150 kilometers from the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, New Delhi.  As the IGI Airport is expected to be at its full capacity by the year 2022, the Hisar airport would prove to be a big game changer in the time to come, he added.  
     He said that Hisar Airport which is to be set up on over 4200 acres of government land is a prestigious project of the State Government for which a budget of Rs 100 crore has been earmarked. Talks are also on with the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation for developing Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) Facility for the Defense Aircraft. Also, various private players including the Pratt and Whitney are also keen in this project for setting up of civil MRO and servicing facility for the aircraft engines flying in this region.  
    Describing Haryana as a State with mature economy, he said that agriculture being the back-bone of the State, agro- food processing, fruit and vegetable marketing are among its focus areas. He said that as the government is focusing on tapping the 40 million population of National Capital Region to meet their needs of daily use food items like milk, vegetables and fruits, there is lot of potential in setting up food processing units in the industrial estates at Barhi and Rai,  district Sonipat which is at close proximity  to Delhi and have direct linkage with national capita through Kundali-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway.  He said that the State Government is committed to ensure that the farmers get reasonable price of their produce. 
    Capt. Abhimanyu said that Global City is being set up in Gurugram over 1000 acres of land. We are in the process of finalizing the master plan of the Global City for which a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) has been formed with Government of India. Global City which is well connected with IGI Airport, New Delhi and other city centres of Delhi and Gurgaon would have IT and other Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES) , projects of health care and other financial and value added entertainment services. 
    He said that Haryana and UK could also work together in the field of Solid and Liquid Waste Management. He said that State Government has started a new project for the management of solid and liquid waste in the State under which all the 80 Municipalities in the State have been divided into 15 clusters. The project involves door to door lifting of garbage, its processing and converting waste to energy. Tender for the same  would soon be floated in this regard, he added.   
    Among those present in the meeting included Managing Director, Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) Mr Raja Sekhar Vundru, British Deputy High Commissioner in Chandigarh Mr Andrew Ayre , British High Commissioner Alam Bains and other senior officers of the State Government.