Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the low-cost air connectivity scheme- UDAN in Shimla Airport. The scheme is aimed at boosting regional connectivity with low-cost flights connecting small towns.
Prime Minister flagged- off two flights, one on the Shimla-Delhi sector and the other on the Kadapa-Hyderabad and the Nanded-Hyderabad sectors.
Addressing the gathering at the launching ceremony, PM said that Tier- 2 and Tier -3 cities will get a connectivity with UDAN scheme and create an economically viable mode of transportation.
“The lives of the middle class are being transformed and their aspirations are increasing. Given the right chance, they can do wonders,” he said at the launching ceremony adding that UDAN scheme is going to help tourism sector in Himachal and Uttarakhand.
Modi will launch the scheme from Shimla. UDAN (‘Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik’) is a first-of-its-kind scheme globally to stimulate regional connectivity through a market-based mechanism, the PMO said in a tweet.
“To make air travel accessible to citizens in regionally important areas, the Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik RCS (regional connectivity scheme) was launched in October, 2016,” it added.
The UDAN Scheme is a key component of the National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP) which was released on June 15, 2016. “Airfare for a 1-hour journey of appx. 500 km on a fixed wing aircraft or for 30 minute journey on a helicopter would be capped at Rs 2,500,” the PMO said.
“This with proportionate pricing for routes of different stage lengths and flight duration,” it said. While in Shimla, the Prime Minister also addressed a rally at the historic Ridge Maidan.
This will be his first visit to Shimla after becoming the Prime Minister. He had visited the capital of Himachal Pradesh last in 2003 when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. However, it is his second visit to the state. Last year, he had addressed a BJP rally at Mandi.
Modi was in-charge of organisational affairs of Himachal Pradesh for eight years till 2002.