New Delhi, Oct 30 : Minister of Civil Aviation, Jyotiraditya M. Scindia along with MoS Civil Aviation, Gen. Dr.Vijay Kumar Singh (Rtd.) has inaugurated the operation of three flights connecting five cities of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, and Mizoram.
The enhanced aerial connectivity in the mountainous cities of the five states of north-eastern part of the country will play a vital role in creating the ease of living for the residents of region and boosting tourism and trade.
In his inaugural address, Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya M. Scindia congratulated the people of the region and said that today is a very auspicious day that we have taken such a significant step in the direction of providing air connectivity to every part of the country.
The minister further said that Union Government has given special emphasis on the air connectivity for the north-eastern region. In the last eight years, seven airports have been developed in the region. Under UDAN scheme, 14% routes have been awarded to the north-east.
Under UDAN 4.2, about 18% routes have been awarded to the northeast. A Rs 500 crore corpus has been dedicated to the air-connectivity of the northeast. Under Krishi UDAN, 25 airports have been incentivized in the region.
The Minister announced that under International UDAN, two new routes Agartala-Chittagong- Agartala and Imphal-Mandalay-Imphal will be operationalised which will expand the scope of air connectivity in the north-eastern states from national to the international level.
MoS, Civil Aviation Gen. Dr Vijay Kumar Singh (Rtd.) said that it is matter of great pleasure that this additional air connectivity is being provided for the north-eastern region of the country.
It will facilitate the travel between the states and help people traveling for various purposes and contribute to the growth of the region.
The inauguration was graced by Pema Khandu Chief Minister, Arunachal Pradesh, N. Biren Singh Chief Minister, Manipur, Himanta Biswa Sarma Chief Minister, Assam, Conrad Sangma Chief Minister of Meghalaya (by a pre-recorded video message), Kiren Rijiju Union Minister of Law and Justice, and other ministers and members of parliament from the states.