Thursday, June 15, 2017

UDAN scheme: Punjab government inks MoU with Centre, Airports Authority of India

The Punjab government today signed a tripartite agreement with the Centre and Airports Authority of India under the country’s flagship programme UDAN in the presence of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. A spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said the tripartite agreement was signed by Usha Padhee (Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation on behalf of GoI), Tejveer Singh (Secretary Civil Aviation for Punjab Government) and G K Chaukiyal (Executive Director for AAI) here at the Chief Minister’s residence. Singh lauded the initiative, saying it will give a major boost to the local trade and industry, especially in Ludhiana, besides helping the state explore untapped commercial potential in the border areas to create huge job opportunities for the state’s unemployed youth. UDAN, a regional connectivity scheme, is an innovative programme of the Centre in collaboration with the states, which enables air operations on un-served routes connecting regional areas and promotes balanced growth, besides making flying affordable for masses. The four airports of Bathinda, Ludhiana, Pathankot and Adampur have been connected under the scheme through five proposals. While Delhi-Bathinda-Delhi by Alliance Air is already operational, Delhi-Pathankot-Delhi and Delhi-Ludhiana-Delhi routes will be serviced by Alliance Air from July 2017.
15/06/17 PTI/Financial Express