Sprucing up Connectivity in the North-east
Airports Authority of India (AAI) participated in the recently concluded Global Investors Summit – Advantage Assam, held on February 3, 4 and 5, at Sarusajai Stadium, Guwahati, Assam. The deal scouting exposition aimed at attracting a series of investment proposals was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 3, 2018. Addressing the event, PM Modi said the tagline of the meet – ‘Advantage Assam: India’s expressway to ASEAN’ – is very appropriate and not just a statement but a very “comprehensive vision”. The first global investors’ meet in the North-east state held immense relevance, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated – the region is at the heart of India’s Act East policy. The Prime Minister also found time to visit the pavilions set up by different governmental and nongovernmental bodies.
Meanwhile, with a special focus on connectivity in the North-east region, Airports Authority of India (AAI) setup a pavilion in the summit that drew a large number of visitors and investors. The inaugural lamp of the AAI pavilion was lit by Assam Minister of Industries and Commerce, Chandra Mohan Patowary, in the presence of AAI officials. The 100 Sq. m. stall erected by AAI showcased the developments and achievements in the civil aviation sector pertaining to Assam specifically and the North-east at large.
In the pavilion, a model of the new integrated terminal building of Guwahati Airport was displayed for public view. At the summit, the AAI officials briefed visitors on the panels displayed and about the infrastructural development currently being undertaken by AAI in the North-east. It is to be noted that AAI has planned to invest `3,400 crores in the North-east, out of which, `900 crores have already been spent for the completion of existing works and the remaining `2,500 crores will be spent in the next two to three years on the development of infrastructure in the North-east.
Moreover, the Regional Connectivity Scheme UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik), an initiative of the present government, has brought in new airports and helipads on the aviation map providing access to remote areas and enhancing access in under-served regions. With the emphasis strongly on improving connectivity in the remote and hilly terrains of the North-east and other hill states, 40 per cent of the total routes awarded in the UDAN 2. 0 will benefit the North-east.
Airports Authority of India’s participation in the ‘Global Investors Summit- Advantage Assam’ - 2018 is evidence of AAI’S commitment in fulfilling the objective of sprucing up connectivity and furthering its presence in the North-east; which will also ensure the comprehensive socio-economic development of the region.
PR Team CHQ, AAI