S&T minister seeks whitepaper on civil aircraft project, NAL activities

By Anantha Krishnan M
Bengaluru, April 05: Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Dr Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday that he has sought a whitepaper on the research activities of National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) in Bengaluru.
Responding to a specific question from OneIndia on the status of NAL’s civil aircraft programme, the minister said he has asked Council of Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) acting Director-General (Dr M O Garg) and NAL Director (Shyam Chetty) to make a white paper on the civil aircraft programme and other activities of NAL.
“I am of the opinion that we need to re-orient our research. The CSIR needs to definitely take a fresh look at the activities they have been doing in the last six decades,” Dr Harsh Vardhan said.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and NAL have already formed a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to undertake a 70-90-seater civil aircraft programme on a public private partnership (PPP) model.
The SPV was necessitated after the much-hyped National Civil Aircraft Development (NCAD) programme was put to a slow death during the UPA-2 regime.
Read the full report on OneIndia here: http://bit.ly/1P9S6xy

Posted: 2015-04-05 12:57:05

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