Sunday, December 10, 2017

Make in India, Nitin Gadkari tells Japanese seaplanes manufacturer

Mumbai: Preparing to boost air connectivity to remote and unconnected destinations, Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari requested Japanese firm Setouchi to manufacture seaplanes in the country following the successful trial runs of the firm's aircraft here.

Assuring support, Gadkari said, "What I will request you (Setouchi) is that you need to start to Make in India... We will ensure that the land is available to you near the air strip (and) you can manufacture your (sea) planes in Nagpur".

He was speaking at the second phase of the seaplane trials at the Girgaum Chowpatty off the city coast yesterday.

The trial flight, conducted by SpiceJet, was carried out with Setouchi's 10-seater Kodiak Quest 1000 seaplane.

He said that there is a lot of potential for seapalnes in the country and domestic production could bring down manufacturing costs.
10/12/17 PTI/Economic Times

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