Liquor baron and ex-Billionaire Vijay Mallya will not be travelling private anymore.
Failing to clear his dues accumulated by his now defunct grounded carrier, Kingfisher Airlines, Vijay Mallya's personal 11-seater jet, an HS 125 - 700B is being ripped to pieces so that its metal can be sold for scrap.
Mumbai International Airport Private Limited (MIAL) has auctioned Mallaya’s once-prized private jet for Rs 22 lakhs to Kurla based company Silent Enterprises. Kingfisher owed dues of 53 crore to MIAL, and after serving two notices, the airport siezed the airline’s seven aircrafts. According to a Mid-Day report, Silent Enterprises, is now planning to recover the amount it spent on it by selling various parts of the midsize jet belonging to UB Group chairman Vijay Mallya as scrap. The work order came on 1 April and the process of dismantling started on 6 April and over recent days, workers have been stripping the aircraft of its engines and spares.
"We are currently dismantling the engine of the mid-sized jet, which is the most difficult part to dismantle. Though we have been working on the aircraft for eight days now, we will need at least four more days to complete the work. We expect to get 6.5 tonnes of scrap metal from the jet," the supervisor overlooking the process told Mid-Day.
..... Devashree Goenka