Only 4 UDAN routes in north­east op­er­a­tional

The Hindu - - NATION - JAGRITI CHAN­DRA

Two years since the launch of the am­bi­tious low-cost fly­ing scheme, aerial con­nec­tiv­ity con­tin­ues to elude the north­east­ern re­gion. While as many as 20 bi-di­rec­tional routes were awarded to var­i­ous air­lines dur­ing this pe­riod, only four are cur­rently op­er­a­tional.

The routes that have been con­nected are Guwa­hati-Paky­ong-Guwa­hati (SpiceJet), Jorhat-Kolkata-Jorhat (IndiGo), Li­l­abari-Kolkata-Li­l­abari (SpiceJet) and Paky­ongDelhi-Paky­ong (SpiceJet).

When the scheme was launched in March 2017, a to­tal of five routes were iden­ti­fied from the north­east for the re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity scheme (RCS), also known as Ude Desh Ka Aam Na­grik (UDAN). Un­der the scheme, the govern­ment pro­vides a sub­sidy to air­lines, who have to cap air­fares for 50% of the to­tal seats at ₹2,500 per hour of flight.

These routes, con­nect­ing Shil­long with five other des­ti­na­tions in Megha­laya, were bagged by Air Dec­can.

All of them now stand with­drawn be­cause of the fail­ure on the part of the air­line to com­mence op­er­a­tions on some routes, and due to er­ratic ser­vices on oth­ers.

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