Red tape didn’t grant Mumbai pilot’s dream to build India’s first 19-seater aircraft

Amol Yadav, Mumbai-based pilot with a private airline, has a six-year-old dream of flying an aircraft that he built himself on the rooftop of his house. But his quest to fly his prototype aircraft is so entanged in red tape that even after discussing his plans in the Prime Minister’s Office, he is left frustrated and now preparing to head to the US with the project.

He built a six-seater aircraft, which was featured in the government’s ‘Make in India’ programme, on the terrace of his Charkop home. Moreover, he even had backing of the Maharashtra government, which was impressed with his efforts and offered him land and funds to build 19-seater planes. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had even apprised Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the project.

Now ehen he is on the verge of completing his 19-seater aircraft, which would be the first to be built indigenously, National Aerospace Laboratories hasn’t been able to achieve it even after investing in crores of rupees. This means not only his six-seater plane hasn’t taken off, but even the 19-seater aircraft project will be held up. All his efforts have been throttled by regulatory hurdles.

Yadav said, “I felt very encouraged by ‘ease of doing business’ and the ‘Make in India’ initiative by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, I have realised that while the PM may be passionate about these initiatives, for the rest of the bureaucracy, these are just slogans.”

“I wanted my aircraft to have an India registration, but in our country innovation is considered to be a crime. So I am arranging for funds to take my aircraft to the US to get registered there. The whole process takes less than a month, compared to the six years that I have wasted here,” added Yadav.

Now, the frustrated Indian pilot is heading to US with his plans and hoping that his prototype will get approval there. It’s sad that despite so many talented individuals in our country, the lack of goverment support shatters their dreams and finally they have to reply on foreign countries to achieve what they want.

By: M Thakur on Thursday, October 12th, 2017