Sunday, October 23, 2016

Govt in ‘mission mode’ to expand aviation sector, says PM Narendra Modi

Vadodara: Accusing previous governments of having “no vision” for aviation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said his government has come out with the first integrated policy for the sector and is working in a “mission mode” for its expansion which will spur growth and employment. Dedicating the new integrated terminal building of the airport here, Modi noted that India in the near future would probably become the third country in the world in terms of airport activity benchmarks and “if you think only 80 to 100 airports are enough, then we are trying to create hurdles in the country’s growth”.
He said the country’s development can take new dimensions if attention is given to tier-2 and tier-3 cities, which have the same potential, and referred to government’s new regional connectivity scheme.
Attacking the previous governments, he said, “Earlier airports were set up, planes would fly but the country did not have an aviation policy.
“How to take the sector forward in next five or ten years and take care of its and passengers’ needs, what should be done for common people, there was no vision in place earlier. It was just moving,” he said.
22/101/6 PTI/Indian Express