In an effort to make India a hub for aircraft maintenance and repair, the government plans to set up two new facilities in the country to scale up the sector currently valued at around Rs 5,000 crore.
This follows the successful maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) unit at Nagpur in Maharashtra. The idea is part of the National Democratic Alliance government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative and also aims to attract those Indian carriers who often fly to Sri Lanka, Singapore and other overseas destinations for aircraft servicing. The MROs are expected to be developed over the next five years. A senior official from the ministry of civil aviation said the government will hold separate talks with potential state governments regarding these projects.
The strategic move to turn India into a hub for MRO facilities has been defined in the New Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP), 2016.