Government unveils 100-day plan for Civil Aviation Sector

Union minister of Civil Aviation, Jyotiraditya Scindia, announced a 100-day plan for India’s civil aviation sector on September 9, 2021.

Highlights

  • Minister also unveiled policy measures and development of airports & heliports.
  • This plan would focus on 16 areas. Out of these, 8 is related to policy and 4 is related to reforms.
  • As per plan, six heliports will be developed in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand under the regional air connectivity scheme called UDAN.
  • Minister also announced a new policy for Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) activities.
  • Under the 100-day target, three main foundations are infrastructure, policy targets and reforms initiative.
  • Under it, four airports will be made operation or developed optimally.

New airports to be operationalised

  • Central government has already allocated Rs 255 crore for making Kushinagar airport in Uttar Pradesh operational and landing & take-off of Airbus 321 Boeing 737 flights.
  • Under the plan, a new terminal will be constructed at Dehradun airport in Uttarakhand in order to facilitate passenger capacity from existing 250 to 1,800. For this purpose, Centre has pumped in Rs 457 crore for its revamp.
  • Upgradation work of Agartala airport would also be undertaken in order to increase the capacity from 500 passengers per hour to 1200 per hour at the estimated cost of Rs 490 crore.
  • A new airport at Jewar in Uttar Pradesh will be constructed. Government has allocated Rs 30,000 crore for it. It is expected to have a capacity of two crore passengers annually. In first phase, Rs 9000 crore will be invested and capacity will be increased to 1.2 crore passengers annually. But by the fourth phase, passenger capacity will be increased to seven crores.

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