Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Residents pitch for inclusion of city airport in UDAN-III scheme

Amritsar: City residents have demanded inclusion of Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport in the ‘Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik’ (UDAN-III) scheme. The Union Government has unveiled the UDAN-III scheme to promote the regional connectivity scheme (RCS) as it aims to specifically boost regional connectivity along with making air travel affordable for common man.
Sameep Singh Gumtala, an NRI, said, “Airports, including those in Chandigarh, Bathinda, Ludhiana, Pathankot and Adampur, have been operationalised under the UDAN-I and the UDAN-II phases with connectivity of these airports with cities, like Shimla, Jammu, Kullu, Dharamsala and New Delhi.”
He pointed out that the Amritsar airport did not figure on the list anywhere on either of the two phases where the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation had awarded 325 routes in UDAN phase-II scheme. “It is disheartening that despite achieving top rank in terms of passenger percentage growth for 2017-18 amongst all international airports in the country, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has ignored Amritsar,” he added.
12/06/18 Tribune