Bengaluru, Jan 16:
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday expressed confidence that the 13th edition of Aero India — considered Asia’s largest aerospace exhibition — to be held here from February 3-5 will be a “grand success”, with all the necessary COVID precautions in place.
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa,who attended the Apex Committee meeting for Aero India 21, chaired by Singh, said the government was spending Rs 30 crore in developing road infrastructure for the show this year in addition to meeting other direct and indirect expenses.
“There was a meeting here between the Karnataka government and the Defence Ministry, during which it was decided to make Aero India a grand success ,” Singh said.
Speaking to reporters after attending the Apex Committee meeting , the defence minister said he has concluded after a review that all the preparations needed to make the air show successful are being done by the Karnataka government, Defence Ministry, especially the Air Force.
Bengaluru has hosted several editions of air shows in the past, Singh said, adding that no other city in the country has the experience of organising the air show that this city has.
Also the maximum number of aerospace industries in the country are in Bengaluru.
An official release, quoting the Minister at the meeting, said the order of 83 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) to HAL,valued at over Rs 48000 crore, would prove a boon to Karnataka in general and Bengaluru in particular in terms of generation of more than 50,000 jobs with extensive participation of MSMEs and private sector.