The state of Punjab is getting many upgradations recently in various sectors like electricity, agriculture, public services throughout its several regions. The latest development proposal that has been made by the Punjab Government is in the commercial aviation sector. The state government along with the central government and Airport Authority of India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding under the new programme initiated by the PM, UDAN in the attendance of Capt. Amarinder Singh to make the air travel more affordable.
The tripartite agreement formed by the Punjab government to establish the new air routes and increase the affordability of air travel in the state was signed on behalf of the Government of India by the Joint Secretary of Ministry of Civil Aviation, G.K. Chaukiyal Executive Director of AAI on behalf of Capt. Amarinder Singh and Tejveer Singh, Secretary Civil Aviation for Punjab Government.
The Punjab Government believes that with the establishment of new air routes and making the airports functional again will help create job opportunities for the people of the state in a huge number. The CM of Punjab, Capt. Amarinder Singh also believes that with the new agreement the hidden commercial potential of the border areas will also be explored.
The Airports in Punjab and Its New Routes
Airports of Ludhiana, Pathankot , Bhatinda and Adampur are the ones that will be connected under the UDAN scheme through the agreement. The new air routes that would soon be operational in the state of Punjab in the given states would include:
- Delhi-Pathankot-Delhi by Alliance Air; operational by July 2017
- Delhi-Ludhiana-Delhi by Alliance Air; by July 2017
- Delhi-Adampur-Delhi by Spicejet; by August 2017
- Delhi-Ludhiana-Delhi by Deccan; by September 2017
Provision of one lac seats would be made to occupy passengers under the UDAN scheme out of what 50,000 seats would be have a concessioned fare. The Viability Gap Funding(VGF) for Punjab state would be Rs 3 crore per annum approximately and be shared with the central government.
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