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HAL’s chopper project in Goa will be functional soon: Shripad

Vasco: Union Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik Sunday said that the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s (HAL) proposed project in Goa of maintenance, repair and overhaul of helicopters would be functional soon.

Speaking to media at the concluding programme of the training of 120 Naval NCC cadets from all over the country at the Indian Naval Watermanship Training Centre at Chicalim, Naik said that the agreement between the Goa government and the Defence Ministry for setting up the joint venture between HAL and French company Safran Helicopter Engines at Honda in North Goa is in the final stage.

Recalling that former defence minister Manohar Parrikar had taken up the initiative to set up the HAL-Safran joint venture in Goa, Naik said that due to some technical reasons related to land acquisition process, the project remained help up.

“After a series of meetings, the hurdles encountered have been resolved,” said Naik and added that the revived agreement will be signed soon. “The Goa government and the Defence Ministry are working on the agreement process,” he said.

It may be noted that Parrikar had announced the project in October 2016. As per the plan, the facility was expected to have a total investment of Rs 170 crore, to be invested by both the parties in a phased manner.

The project is meant for maintenance, repair and overhaul of engines that are fitted on HAL-designed and manufactured helicopters.

Meanwhile, speaking on the occasion, Naik also expressed the need for strict implementation of laws to punish rapists.

“Laws should be implemented strictly so as to

instill fear in the minds of such criminals. There is a demand to give more tooth to laws and the central government is considering it,” he said referring to the recent incidents that occurred in Hyderabad and Unnao.

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