Times of India
NEW DELHI: The Modi government's 'ude desh ka aam nagrik' (UDAN) of affordable regional flying scheme will provide a further fillip to India's growing air travel market. The economic survey says: "To make flying accessible and affordable for the masses in the regionally important cities, the RCS-UDAN scheme was launched in October 2016. This is a first-of-its-kind scheme globally to stimulate regional connectivity through a marketbased mechanism. 27 States/UTs have already signed MOUs with the Central Government under RCS-UDAN. Many private sector airlines are actively participating under this scheme."
To extend the reach of UDAN, the government has made a "provision of Rs 4,500 crore for revival of 50 unserved and underserved airports/air strips... by December 2018. Revival of airstrips/airports will be 'demand driven', depending upon firm commitment from airline operators as well as from the state governments," it adds.
Apart from regional airports, the survey said the government has granted in-principle approval for setting up 18 Greenfield airports in the country, including Mopa in Goa, Navi Mumbai, Shirdi and Sindhudurg in Maharashtra, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Hasan and Shimoga in Karnataka, Kannur in Kerala, Durgapur in West Bengal, Dabra in Madhya Pradesh, Pakyong in Sikkim, Karaikal in Puducherry, Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh, Dholera in Gujarat, and Dagadarthi Mendal, Bhogapuram, and Oravakallu in Andhra Pradesh. The government has also granted "site clearance" for 5 Greenfield airports: Machiwara in Punjab, Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh, Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, Alwar in Rajasthan and Kothagudem in Telangana.
"India is the third largest and fastest growing domestic aviation market in the world in terms of number of domestic tickets sold. In 2016-17, annual growth in domestic passenger departures was 23.5% as compared to 3.3% in the US and 10.7% in China."
"Domestic passenger traffic registered a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.89% during 2007-08 to 2016-17. In 2017-18 (April - September), domestic airlines carried 57.5 million passengers, with a growth rate of 16% over the corresponding previous year period. Scheduled Indian and foreign carriers carried 29.2 million passengers to and from India, and showed a growth rate of 9% in 2017-18 (April - September) over the corresponding previous year period," it adds.
Its good to hear about the development in domestic aviation. But Government without concentration in agriculture will make trouble to people in future. You walk or fly you need food for survival. Will you start import food grains also like petroleum. Awareness is much needed for all state and central government.