Friday, April 28, 2017

Prime Minister's UDAN gives Mysuru wings

Time and again, there have been demands to get Mysuru back on the country's aviation map and it looks like this is set to happen soon. The Mysuru Airport, which has not been functional since November 2015, will soon resume operations as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Regional Connectivity Scheme, known as UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagarik).
According to the PM's official twitter account, “UDAN makes air travel accessible to a wider range of citizens and enhances connectivity with many more airports across India.” Under UDAN, 70 airports across India will be connected. The price of airfare is capped at Rs 2,500 for 500 kilometers. Apart from Mysuru, Bidar, Hubballi and Ballari airport will also benefit. In this regard, the state government and Ministry of Civil Aviation recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The Karnataka government has decided to offer tax concessions for a period of 10 years, while also providing land and security free of cost. Water and electricity facilities at the airport will be provided at minimal rates.
28/04/17 Vinay Lokesh/The Times Of India