RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh Government on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Union Ministry of Civil Aviation and Airport Authority of India under Regional Air Connectivity Scheme under New Central Aviation Policy 2016 of the Central Government in the august presence of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh and Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation P Ashok Gajapathi Raju at Mantralaya, reports Hitavada.
Very soon people in Bilaspur, Raigarh, Jagdalpur and Ambikapur will enjoy air connectivity from their respective cities. The State Government is all set to initiate air services in between these cities in the first phase.
The MoU was signed by Director Aviation Rajat Kumar on behalf of Govt of Chhattisgarh and Anil Agrawal Joint Secretary on behalf of Union Civil Aviation Ministry. Chhattisgarh Cabinet chaired by Dr Raman Singh on Thursday had approved the proposal for developing domestic air service within the state.
Accordingly, the Union Government will provide opportunities to aviation companies at concessional rate under Regional Air Connectivity Scheme. Under the scheme, those cities will be selected where either air connectivity had been suspended for a long time or it couldn’t be started yet.
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh while talking to media persons, after the MoU signing ceremony said, the State Government will provide its complete support to the Regional Air Connectivity Scheme initiated by the Centre. He said he himself had been trying since a long time for developing air connectivity between the big cities in Chhattisgarh and the central scheme is a welcome one.
The Chief Minister extended his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju for devising the Regional Air Connectivity Scheme. He also expressed delight that under the Regional Air Connectivity Scheme, people will get the facility of flying at a cost of Rs 2,500 for distance covering 1 hour.