In­dia to be closer to Asia

The Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion’s Ude Desh ka Aam Na­grik (UDAN) scheme is set to go in­ter­na­tional with the launch of new flights from Guwa­hati to Bangkok and Dhaka, thereby reap­ing the ben­e­fits of in­ter­na­tional ties.

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The re­sults for UDAN 3 were re­cently an­nounced and

Suresh Prabhu, Union Min­is­ter of Com­merce & In­dus­try and Civil Avi­a­tion, re­vealed that routes had been in­tro­duced un­der UDAN by launch­ing to Bangkok and Dhaka. Both routes will be served by SpiceJet, he said, and added, “It’s go­ing to be a game changer as these con­nec­tions would bring the North­east closer to the rest of the world. Re­sul­tantly, there will be a tremen­dous scope for tourism and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in the re­gion.”

Ra­jiv Nayan Choubey,

For­mer Sec­re­tary, Civil Avi­a­tion, re­vealed, “We are happy now go­ing to be con­nected with Bangkok and Dhaka.” It was also re­vealed that SpiceJet had taken a very com­pet­i­tive un­der­writ­ing of the seats. The per an­num ` 11 crore, which would be borne by the state. The fre­quency would be seven times a week, while the - ible tem­plate where it will start - hati is get­ting con­nected with two des­ti­na­tions at a nom­i­nal cost of ` 11 crore per an­num to the state govern­ment.”

Elab­o­rat­ing on the need for the new route, Prabhu said that the North­east, af­ter 1947, had be­come land­locked and there was only the ‘Chicken’s Neck’ that con­nected it to the rest of the coun­try. “As a re­sult, the de­vel­op­ment of North­east now de­pends purely on con­nec­tiv­ity, in­clud­ing land con­nec­tiv­ity that can be used to go to Myan­mar or Bangladesh. A lot of rail­way projects are also get­ting North­east with the rest of the world would of­fer tremen­dous scope for tourism and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. Sim­i­larly, the in­tro­duc­tion of wa­ter aero­dromes is a game changer,” he as­serted.

Suresh Prabhu Union Min­is­ter of Com­merce & In­dus­try and Civil Avi­a­tion

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