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MRO acil­i­ties to get a hilli ndia s ivil Avi­a­tion Sec­tor

India Strategic - - APPOINTMENTS -

NEW DELHI. In a writ­ten re­ply to a ques­tion in Par­lia­ment (Lok Sabha), Min­is­ter of State in the Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion Mr Jayant Sinha stated that while ad­e­quate fa­cil­i­ties for main­te­nance and re­pair of planes ex­isted in the coun­try, but for over­haul only lim­ited fa­cil­i­ties are avail­able, forc­ing op­er­a­tors to take their planes to other coun­tries for over­haul. Out of 110 Main­te­nance, Re­pair & Over­haul (MROs) ap­proved in In­dia, only 7 are ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing out over­haul of planes. To in­crease the busi­ness po­ten­tial, em­ploy­ment gen­er­a­tion and for­eign ex­change earn­ings in the coun­try, the In­dian govern­ment has made ma­jor pro­vi­sions in the Bud­get an­nounce­ments for 2016-17. These pro­vi­sions will help In­dian MRO com­pa­nies to be­come glob­ally com­pet­i­tive.

Apart from do­ing away with many sti­fling rules with re­gard to im­port of duty on spare parts, the govern­ment has also taken steps to en­cour­age for­eign op­er­a­tors to bring their air­craft for MRO work to In­dia. One ma­jor con­ces­sion would al­low For­eign air­craft brought to In­dia for MRO work to stay for the en­tire pe­riod of main­te­nance or up to six months, which­ever is lesser, pro­vided it un­der­takes no com­mer­cial flights dur­ing the stay pe­riod. The air­craft would how­ever, be al­lowed to carry pas­sen­gers in the flights at the be­gin­ning and end of the stay pe­riod in In­dia. Stay be­yond six months due to un­avoid­able rea­sons may also be al­lowed by the DGCA in ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances.

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