Disney is eyeing a theme park in India - a further move to expand its global reach and cash in on another potentially huge Asian market, according to officials in New Delhi. It is not thought a theme park in India would affect the company's development on Lantau, or its possible plans for a theme park in Shanghai before the end of the decade. Disney executives Michael Eisner and Bob Iger visited India last week and met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Indian government sources said Disney was lobbying to secure land it had identified on the outskirts of the Indian capital for the development. The park plan is part of a wider push into India involving television shows, live performances and merchandising. A senior official at India's Urban Development Ministry said: 'Disney has approached us for land outside Delhi to build a theme park. The company is very upbeat about the project. Its top officials are lobbying hard to wangle a very, very big plot.' Dr Singh's spokesman said: 'Nobody asks the PM for land. It was a courtesy call.' A Disney spokeswoman in Hong Kong said: 'We are constantly evaluating strategic markets around the world to grow our parks and resorts business and the Disney brand. Our immediate focus is to open our first theme park in China - Hong Kong Disneyland - on September 12. 'If we were to reach an arrangement for a second park in China, in all likelihood, it would not open before 2010.' The spokeswoman refused to outline contingency plans to cope with the influx of mainland visitors expected for the grand opening. The Penny's Bay park is the first Disneyland to receive government investment. Hong Kong taxpayers are footing a large bill for its development and the government is taking a 57 per cent stake in it. When the deal was struck in 1999, the Hong Kong administration came under criticism for failing to negotiate more equitable terms. The government provided a $5.6 billion low-interest loan and $13.6 billion for reclamation and infrastructure work. Clearing land for the site also involved razing a large corner of Lantau, and critics attacked the generous land concessions.