India to make 90-seater aircraft, up steel output

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Jul 09, 2013 22:56 IST

The government on Tuesday decided on a slew of steps to boost manufacturing including preparing a time-bound plan to build a 90-seater civilian aircraft, enhancing steel production capacity to 300 million tonnes and raising textile exports by 30% this year.

A high-level committee on manufacturing headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh decided to set up a steering group to prepare a programme for developing India’s first civil passenger aircraft building on defense offsets and using globally available engines. The design aircraft itself is estimated to cost R4,355 crore.

A pilot project will also be implemented for electric vehicles in Delhi involving three wheelers, taxis and buses.

Steps will be taken to build 300 million tonnes of steel capacity through special purpose vehicles of Central Public Sector Enterprises with states. This will represent a sharp jump over the current production capacity of 120 million tonnes.

A time-bound action plan would be prepared towards creating domestic manufacturing capabilities in advanced materials, alloys an composites.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet business leaders on July 29 to discuss steps to revive the economy.


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