The project Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) is launched by Narendra Modi in Shimla. This ambitios scheme will help people to fly to small towns at much cheaper prices. PM Modi was addressing from Jubbarhatti, an airport at the outskirts of Shimla. He said that UDAN means Ude Desh k Aam Nagrik i.e. ‘the common man flies.’
UDAN – Low-cost Air Connectivity Scheme
The regional air-connectivity scheme (RCS) will be operated at 128 routes by 5 airline companies. The 5 airline operators will be SpiceJet, Air India Subsidiary Airline Allied Services, Air Deccan, Turbo Megha and Air Odisha. The companies will be operating 19-78 seater airplanes and a single person will be able to book 9-40 seats.
The scheme was first launched in October 2016, PMO tweeted. In other series of tweets PMO has cleared that the airfare is capped to Rs 2500 per seat per 500 km. This price will be inclusive of all the charges. They mentioned that the flight rates may vary for longer routes and flight duration.
Prime Minister Modi said that UDAN is a first-of-its-kind scheme globally to stimulate regional connectivity through a market-based mechanism, National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP).
The Union Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju tweeted “UDAN network will cover the whole country giving a major boost to the hinterland areas.”
Key Features of UDAN scheme by Govt of India
- No aviation policy was the biggest shortcoming in India. This scheme has covered it.
- PM mentioned that he wants the air travel for all. His words were, “I want people with Hawai Chappal to fly in Hawai Jahaz.”
- The taxi cost 8-10 Rs/km but this air fare will cost 5-6 Rs/km. So it will save time as well as money.
- PM mentioned that after 70 years of independence merely 70-75 airports of the country are commercially used but this scheme will change the fate of the airports.
- According to this scheme airline companies need to block only 50% tickets and rest can be sold at market prices. Obviously airline companies are not so happy with this.
- The estimated amount for the chosen companies will be around 205 crores. These companies are chosen through bidding.
- 19 states and 3 Union Territories have already signed a Memorandum of Understanding for this purpose. According to this memorandum, state governments will provide a certain share of VGF.
- The government intends to cover 45 unserved and underserved airports throughout the country, under this scheme.
- The aviation is the sunrise sector of the country and this policy has become the centerpiece.
Benefits of UDAN – Govt of India initiative
- The scheme includes various benefits like no airport charges and three-year exclusivity on the routes.
- Flying will become more affordable.
- The proportionate pricing for the different length of routes is the biggest plus point of this scheme.
- The connectivity of regional parts of the country will catalyze the overall economic growth.
- Prices will be capped according to the distance covered.
- It will be cheaper than private taxis.
- It will connect approximately 44 Tier-ll cities with metro. The 22 towns are regarded as flight-ready. Bhavngar, Bhatinda, Gwalior, Jaisalmer and Durgapur are few of them.
As you can see, this “UDAN” scheme will connect 70 more airports of india (17 in north India, 12 in east india, 6 in North east region, 11 in south and 24 in west India), which will be used on 27 currently serverd airports, 12 under served airports, and 31 un-served airports. And at the airfare of Rs.2500 for every 500 Km is cheaper than Taxi fare as even.
The prime minister has dedicated this scheme to poor and middle class people of India, who dream to fly in plane and now they can really afford such airfare. Do share your thoughts about this new scheme from Government of India in comment box below.