PM flags off Shimla-New Delhi flight under UDAN scheme

27 April, Shimla

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that his government’s scheme to boost regional air connectivity UDAN will make air-travel affordable for common man.

Addressing a rally at Shimla in Himachal Pradesh Wednesday, Modi said all facilities available to rich people should be made available to the common man.

He said, earlier the aviation was considered to be domain of a select few, that has changed now. Modi said, lives of middle class are being transformed and their aspirations are increasing. The Prime Minister said, given the right chance they can do wonders.

Earlier, Prime Minister inaugurated the maiden Shimla-New Delhi flight under a government scheme to boost regional air connectivity Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN). He inaugurated the flight by flagging off the Alliance Air’s flight on Shimla-Delhi sector from Jubbar Hatti airport near Shimla this morning. Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India, has deployed its 42-seater ATR plane on this sector.

The prime minister also simultaneously flagged off regional connectivity scheme flights on the Kadapa-Hyderabad and Nanded-Hyderabad sectors through video-conferencing.

The government aims at connecting 45 unserved and under-served airports and make flying affordable by capping fares at 2500 rupees per seat per hour. Five airlines were awarded 128 routes under the scheme last month after a bidding process.

Modi also laid foundation stone for Hydro Engineering College, which will be set up at Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh. State Governor Acharya Devvrat, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, Union Health & Family Welfare Minister JP Nadda and Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju were present on the occasion.

The Prime Minister also held a road show in Shimla.

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