Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Madhya Pradesh demands no-frill airport, RCS in Rewa

To ensure better connectivity to investors in Madhya Pradesh, the state government has demanded its Rewa airstrip to be converted into a full airport. The state has also demanded the town airstrip to be considered under proposed regional connectivity scheme of the Centre.

Rewa town is in the proximity of Khajuraho — the world heritage site and prime tourist destination of India. Also, it has the country's only white tiger safari and cement plants. "We have demanded Rewa to have a no frill airport as planned by the Central government," Rajendra Shukla, state industry minister told Business Standard.

The NDA government had decided to take forward the previous UPA government's plan to develop no-frills airports at five places. No-frill airport means the existing brownfield airport or airport to be maintained and operated through private partnership. Later the central government came up with a plan to have 50 low-frill airports across India.

"Airlines operating on these airports will get certain exemptions. Rewa has as many as nine cement plants, a world heritage site like Khajuraho nearby and a white tiger safari. Though it has a new investment destination Singrauli in the vicinity but a full airport at Singrauli is also under consideration," the minister said.

If well-placed government sources are believed, the state is also planning to demand the Rewa airstrip to be put under the regional connectivity scheme through which an airline operating to the destination (Rewa) will have to charge a maximum fare of Rs 2500 for an hour-long flight.
18/10/16 shashikant Trivedi/Business Standard
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