The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, today launched UDAN – the Regional Connectivity Scheme for civil aviation, from Shimla Airport. Under this scheme, flights have begun today from Shimla, Nanded, and Kadapa Airports.
Modi also unveiled an e-plaque to mark the laying of Foundation Stone of a Hydro Engineering College at Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh. He addressed the gathering at Shimla Airport, and also at Nanded and Kadapa via video link.
He said the lives of the middle class are being transformed, and their aspirations are rising. He said that given the right chance, they can do wonders.
Modi added that the aviation sector in India is filled with opportunity. Mentioning the scheme name – UDAN – Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik – he said that aviation was once considered the domain of a select few, but that has changed now.
UDAN makes air travel accessible to a wider range of citizens & enhances connectivity with many more airports across India. pic.twitter.com/X2wVIq6130
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 27, 2017
He said the new civil aviation policy marks an opportunity to cater to the aspirations of the people of India, adding that Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities are becoming growth engines, and enhanced aviation connectivity between them will be beneficial. Modi said the UDAN scheme will help the tourism sector in Himachal Pradesh.