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Maharashtra govt inks Rs 350-bn pact with a pilot to build aircraft firm

Fadnavis wants the first plane-making factory of the country to be in Maharashtra

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Devendra Fadnavis, Magnetic Maharashtra
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis delivers a speech at Magnetic Maharashtra Convergence 2018 in Mumbai | PTI Photo

The dream of a commercial pilot to set up an is set to take wings with the Maharashtra government on Monday signed a Rs 350 billion pact with him to build aircraft.

Maharashtra Chief Minister was present when the MoU, which envisages Rs 350 billion investment in the project, was signed at the "Magnetic Maharashtra" global investors summit in suburban Bandra.

The MoU, between Amol Yadav and MIDC, will lead to generation of around 10,000 jobs in the project, which will be spread over 157 acre land in Palghar district.

Last year, Fadnavis had assured all help to Yadav, 42, who hails from Satara district, to start manufacturing facility for indigenous 6-seater and 19-seater aircraft.

"I have to make planes. I have demonstrated the capabilities. Fadnavis wants the first plane-making factory of the country to be in Maharashtra. The 157-acre plot was identified in Palghar. The MIDC will provide us land and support facilities like roads," Yadav told PTI.

"My responsibility is to build the plane and create the factory which will be producing more, and also to look after factories to be set up henceforth. This will be an aerospace hub to make planes," he said.

Maharashtra government will help in getting the required funds, Yadav said. "The government expects Rs 350 billion investment for not my company alone, but also for the ancillaries which will be a part of the hub," he said.

"Rs 350 billion is the total amount of funds which will be required to achieve the broader targets. The target is to create employment for 10,000 people. The investment figure is included in the MoU agreement but it will not be coming from me alone," he said.

"In the first phase, I am required to build a prototype 19-seater plane and three more similar planes for production. The investment required for this will be Rs 2 billion, which is the immediate requirement and will be spent in the next six months," he said.

"Our target, from the Rs 350 billion investment, is very simple. We want to make 600 19-seater planes in the next 2-3 years and then take it to 1,300 planes after that. We are planning for 1300 19-seater planes at present," he said.

"We have already identified many potential investors," Yadav said. The government will also help, he added.

"Pratt & Whitney is supplying me the engines at present. The engine supplied to me is 30 years old and tested one," he said, adding he "fully owns" the company.

Yadav, senior commander with Jet Airways, has promoted Thrust Aircraft Private Limited company for manufacturing aircraft.

His six-seater aircraft was the centre of attraction during the Make In India exhibition held in Mumbai in 2016.

The aircraft, that was assembled on the terrace of a Charkop building, got the certificate of registration from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) last year.

First Published: Tue, February 20 2018. 01:13 IST