Monday, September 24, 2018

All about UDAN as Modi inaugurates 2 airports in 3 days

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated Pakyong Airport in East Sikkim district, connecting Gangtok to India’s air network map. Pakyong Airport is the first airport in Sikkim and 100th operational one in India. Pakyong Airport has come up as part of the UDAN scheme of the government. UDAN stands for Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik, a scheme launched in October 2016. First flights were flagged off last year with much fanfare and slogans like hawai yatra in hawai chappal.
UDAN is a regional connectivity scheme (RCS) aimed at making flying affordable for the masses. PM Modi flagged off the first UDAN flight on Shimla-Delhi sector in April last year. Simultaneous flights took off on Kadapa-Hyderabad and the Nanded-Hyderabad sectors also.
The PMO had then tweeted, UDAN is the first-of-its-kind scheme globally to stimulate regional connectivity through a market-based mechanism. UDAN scheme forms a key component of the National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP) of 2016.
Under UDAN scheme, airfare for a one-hour-journey of approximately 500 km is capped at Rs 2,500. When complete, the UDAN scheme would connect a total of 72 airports including 45 unserved and under-served airports besides 27 serving ones.
24/09/18 India Today