Centre clears ‘Udan’ air scheme for low-cost fliers in Uttarakhand
In a big boost to tourism, the Centre on Friday included Uttarakhand in its regional air connectivity scheme making air travel to the region affordable for the budget tourist.
“The regional connectivity scheme will be operational within the next six months’ time,” chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said, referring to ‘Udan’, the low cost flying scheme for the low income group people.
The ministry of civil aviation has given its approval for the Dehradun-Pantnagar air service. “The air service will be operational by February,” the CM said, adding that Pithoragarh, Almora, Srinagar, Gauchar and Lansdown airports would be linked with ‘Udan’, which would start from the Hindon air force base in Ghaziabad.
Budget tourists would be able to fly to the tourist spots by paying cheap air fares, giving a substantial boost to tourism, additional chief secretary Om Prakash had said. Subsidised air fares will be in the range of Rs 1,400 to Rs 2,000 per person for fixed wing aircraft and Rs 3,000 to Rs 500 per person for helicopter. Heritage Aviation and Deccan Airlines have already approached with offers.
Prakash said affordable regional flights would ensure a quick and hassle free air journey for tourists. “They will be spared of the time consuming and tiresome journey by hill roads and also of harassment by taxi operators who fleece customers.”
Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board joint director VS Chauhan had listed yet another advantage of low cost flights operating in the state. Such flights would make remote and lesser known destinations easily accessible to tourists, he had said.