Two important cities of Chattisgarh will be connected under Centre’s UDAN scheme. The UDAN scheme which focuses on states having unconnected regions through affordable air connectivity.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation will soon start the bidding process for UDAN 4.0 under which prescribed priority routes in Chhattisgarh would be offered for bidding

Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of state for Civil Aviation, in a review meeting of UDAN discussed demands received for connectivity of Bilaspur and Ambikapur in Chhattisgarh and said that the Ministry is committed to connect these airports at the earliest.

UDAN 4.0 would focus on routes connecting these airports, he added.

Bilaspur is identified as a priority airport and prescriptive routes involving Bilaspur have already been included in the ensuing round of bidding under UDAN. There has been immense interest expressed from the airline operators to connect the city and extend benefit of air transport to the people of the region.

Bilaspur is significant on the country’s map both culturally and commercially. The region is also recognized for its distinct characteristics; be it the unique rice quality, Doobraj or the contribution of the Kosa silk industry to the handloom sector. Connecting Bilaspur is expected to meet desired aspirations of the people of the region.

Also, Alliance Air, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air India, on Monday launched its first direct flight between Ahmedabad and the port town of Kandla in Gujarat.

The five days a week Ahmedabad-Kandla service is the 228th route covered under the UDAN-RCS scheme, a central government initiative that seeks to enhance regional connectivity and make air travel affordable to the masses. The Ahmedabad-Kandla flight will operate from Monday to Friday under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS).

*With inputs from agencies