New Delhi: Hardeep S Puri, Minister of state (I/C) for Civil Aviation, in a review meeting of UDAN discussed demands received for connectivity of Bilaspur and Ambikapur in Chhattisgarh and said that the Ministry is committed to connect these airports at the earliest. UDAN 4.0 will focus on routes connecting these airports, he added.
UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) scheme is a Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) focused on states having unconnected regions. Chhattisgarh is one of the focus states for the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
The Ministry will soon start bidding for UDAN 4.0 under which prescribed priority routes in Chhattisgarh will be offered for bidding.
Bilaspur is identified as a priority airport and prescriptive routes involving Bilaspur have already been included in the ensuing round of bidding under UDAN.
There has been significant interest expressed from the airline operators to connect the city and extend benefit of air transport to the people of the region, said Puri.
Bilaspur is significant on the country’s map both culturally and commercially. Connecting Bilaspur is expected to meet desired aspirations of the people of the region, said Puri in a release.
Earlier this month, Star Air launched a flight from Hubballi (Northern Karnataka) to Hindon, Delhi’s second airport. This is the longest commercial air travel route under the UDAN-RCS scheme.
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