Mumbai, Nov 21: A Mumbai man built a six-seater aircraft on the rooftop a building. After battling bureaucratic bottlenecks for years, he was finally given the licence to operate the plane, which he named after Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Mumbai’s Amol Yadav had to sell off his house to fund his project, which cost him Rs 4 crore. It took six years for him to complete his ambitious endevour– finally, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has given it an official nod.
“The DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) has provided a registration certificate to pilot Amol Yadav,” a statement from Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ office, quoted by NDTV, said on Monday.
It was reported that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene personally for Yadav’s plane project to take off.
Amol Yadav showed his gratitude by naming the aircraft after Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He got the plane registered with name VT-NMD or Victor Tango Narendra Modi Devendra.
Yadav had completed his six-seater plane on a rooftop of a building in Kandivali and had put it on display at an exhibition under Modi’s Make in India scheme.
He alleged that rules were tweaked to prevent him from operating the aircraft. He told the news channel that it was a huge loss to the Indian exchequer as rules prevented people like him to build their own aircraft.