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Plane X: Inside story of India's dead civilian aircraft development project

An ambitious Rs 7,555-crore project to develop an indigenous civilian aircraft failed because of scared investors, bureaucratic hurdles and dithering governments

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Sai Manish  |  New Delhi 

In its first five-year term, the Narendra Modi government embraced many programmes and projects launched by predecessor Manmohan Singh’s regime. Some – like the one to provide biometric-based unique identity to all citizens, the employment guarantee programme, and the right to education – were implemented with greater gusto.

But not all schemes of the Singh government were so fortunate. The Rs 7,555-crore project to develop an indigenous civilian aircraft was among the unfortunate ones. How and why this project, mooted by the Singh government, was dropped by the Modi ...

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First Published: Thu, May 14 2020. 15:14 IST