Friday, March 31, 2017

25 airstrips in Punjab, Haryana in ministry’s regional connectivity scheme

As many as 25 airstrips, most of which are unserved or non-operational, in Punjab and Haryana may soon witness hectic activity as the Union ministry of civil aviation (Moca) has identified these under its regional connectivity scheme called ‘Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik’ (Udan).

Giving details of the inclusion of these airstrips from the region under Moca scheme, assistant solicitor general of India Chetan Mittal told the Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday that all facilities where frequency of flights was limited or negligible had been included under Udan so that airlines could launch flights on local routes. The airlines would be permitted to run short flights of less than an hour on these routes and fare has been capped at Rs 2,500 so as to promote regional air connectivity.

The assistant solicitor general was responding to a petition filed before the high court on the issue of non-operational airports in Punjab. He also placed a copy of the scheme on record before the HC.

The airstrips of Punjab which have been identified under the scheme include Adampur, Bakshiwala, Beas, Bathinda, Dablan, Faridkot, Ferozepur, Gurdaspur, Halwara, Jawalapur, Jalandhar, Khemkaran, Ludhiana, Nabha, Nanak, Pathankot and Patiala. Eight air strips of Haryana which have been included under the scheme. These 25 airstrips/airports of Punjab and Haryana are part of 440 identified across the country.
30/03/17 Defence Aviation Post