Gujarat signs MoU with aviation ministry to develop regional airports
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Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the ministry of civil aviation to develop 11 airports and airstrips to boost regional connectivity.
The agreement was signed in Gandhinagar in the presence of civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani, the state government said in a statement.
The central government’s new civil aviation policy emphasises regional connectivity to serve unconnected or under-served towns and boost infrastructure.
In Gujarat, the airports in Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Jamnagar, Surat, Porbandar, Mehsana, Mandvi, Amreli, Kandla, Keshod and Deesa will be developed. These fall under the “unserved-underserved category”.
After Maharashtra and Jharkhand, Gujarat has become the third state to have signed an agreement with the centre to boost regional connectivity.
Apart from developing infrastructure at the 11 airports, the Central government will provide subsidies to airline operators, including cheaper fuel, said Raju.