The UDAN- Boost for northeast Air connectivity!
Under Narendra Modi’s ambitious UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) scheme, Guwahati- The capital of Assam, is likely to be the first one to be connected internationally with the Modi government finalizing bids for the Guwahati-Dhaka and Guwahati-Bangkok routes.
According to a PTI report, while multiple bids were received by the central government on these two routes, there were no takers for the other four destinations namely, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Yangon in Myanmar and Kathmandu in Nepal. An Aviation Ministry official was quoted in the report saying that there was competition for these two cities. He also informed that there was more than one bid. The bid for Bangkok and Dhaka has been finalized. The official also said that the announcement will be made once the minister signs the file.
UDAN is an afford international connectivity where PM Modi want all cutizcit to fly in affordable rate, in this project the state government of Assam is likely to provide a subsidy of Rs 4,400 and Rs 2,370 for a certain number of seats on flights operating on the Guwahati-Bangkok and Guwahati-Dhaka routes, respectively.
Last year, in Pakyong Airport opening ceremony PM Modi promised of international flights from NE that’s also in affordable rate since NE is only point where it connects to ASEAN nation. To travel to Dhaka & Bangkok NE people have to travel to Kolkata, now they’re no longer to go to Kolkata.
In October 2018, in a bid to enhance air connectivity from India to select overseas destinations, proposals were invited by the central government from interested air operators for the international scheme. In October 2016, the Modi government announced the UDAN scheme in a bid to make flying affordable with airfares fixed at Rs 2,500 for one-hour journey through subsidized ticket rates and also to provide air connectivity to smaller towns. In the first phase of the bidding in March 2017, five airlines were mandated to fly on 128 regional routes and in the second phase in January last year, fifteen airlines were mandated to fly on 325 regional routes, including those having chopper operations, the report said.