A ₹250-crore Civil Aviation Research Organisation (CARO) will come up within 18 months at Begumpet in Hyderabad. Laying the foundation stone for the CARO project to be implemented under the Airports Authority of India, Union Civil Aviation Minister Mr Suresh Prabhu said the focus of the centre will be on pursuing inter-disciplinary solutions to improve the civil aviation sector. The Minister said, “The country’s civil aviation sector is growing at a hectic pace of over 20 per cent and we expect this growth momentum to continue. This would require significant improvement to the existing infrastructure and creation of new infrastructure to keep pace with the progress.” The Government is in an advanced stage of finalisation of a cargo policy which will play a complementary role to the civil aviation policy. The idea is to use the airport infrastructure and vacant spaces in airport area in a more efficient manner and promote movement of cargo when there is less traffic, he said. The Government is keen to further accelerate the growth of the aviation sector, which has immense potential and make it accessible to the common man. This would require creation of fresh capacity and infrastructure to keep pace with the growing demand. Safety, convenience of passengers is a prime concern while keeping pace with the growth. The new research centre is expected to play a role in developing solutions and addressing problems airports currently face, the Minister explained. AAI CARO Division has already entered into agreements with Mitre Inc of USA, Honeywell Technology Solutions, Boeing Industries, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi to facilitate collaborative research. The CARO Phase-I will have a built up area of around 40,000 sq meters and include laboratories, simulators, residential and hostel facilities and accommodate about 600 R&D personnel in the phase I.