Saturday, March 07, 2020

Use Saras to link cities under UDAN

The Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology wants the 19- seater Saras aircraft to be taken in as a national mission to promote connectivity under the Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme.
The committee made this observation in its report on Demand for Grants (2020-2021) of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research,which was presented before both the houses of the Parliament on Friday.
“CSIR-NAL’s 19-seater SARAS turboprop civilian aircraft needs to be taken up as a National Mission to promote connectivity to small airports and underserved regions, under the UDAN Scheme of the Ministry of Civil Aviation,” stated the committee in its report.
The government also recommended that the Government of India should place a development order to NAL and other manufacturers for about 50 to 60 SARAS aircrafts. “A firm commitment of procurement of the aircraft by the Government will encourage the manufacturing industry in the country to meet the demand for the 19-seater aircraft,”it stated in the report.
The Committee was on a study visit to Bengaluru in December 2019 and held a discussion with the
representatives of CSIR-NA Land Department of Scientific and Industrial Research on its functioning. “The Committee asked the Director, NAL to submit proposal to the Committee on the future course of action for commercial production and use of the 19-seater
aircraft. The Director, NAL later submitted a proposal for development and viable production of SARAS MK2 to the Committee, which was forwarded to the concerned Ministries for necessary action at their end,” he report added. The project is progressing well and is expected to be complete by the year 2022-23, the committee was informed by the NAL Director.
07/03/20 Bangalore Mirror
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