Spruc­ing up Con­nec­tiv­ity in the North-east

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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.


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