Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday announced a 100-day plan for the country’s civil aviation sector, including policy measures and the development of airports as well as heliports. The civil aviation minister said the plan would focus on 16 areas.
Addressing a press conference here, Scindia said the plan has been prepared after “combined consultations”. Out of the 16 areas, 8 relate to policy and 4 pertain to reforms.
Among others, six heliports would be developed in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand under the regional air connectivity scheme UDAN. A new policy for Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) activities has also been announced.
The civil aviation sector has been adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and is slowly coming on the recovery path. A few weeks ago, Scindia requested chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar and Chhattisgarh for personal intervention on matters such as land allocation for airports so that their development can be expedited.
In his letters to the CMs, Scindia requested them to instruct the officers concerned to initiate action on matters such as deposition of funds with the Regional Air Connectivity Fund Trust and viability gap funding support for international UDAN flight operations, according to a statement by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA).
Under the regional connectivity scheme UDAN, financial incentives from the Centre, state governments and airport operators are extended to select airlines to encourage operations from unserved and underserved airports, and keep airfares affordable.