Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi/Bhubaneswar, Jan 19:
Airstrips in as many as five places in Odisha will be made operational under the regional connectivity scheme (RCS) christened as UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) scheme very soon, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha told media persons in national capital today.
The five destinations in the state are – Bhubaneswar, Jeypore, Jharsuguda, Rourkela (SAIL) and Utkela (Kalahandi).
“The first RCS flight is expected to be operated by late February or early March. We have received a very encouraging response from operators to the RCS. In the first phase of bidding under the RCS, the AAI (Airports Authority of India), which is the implementing agency for the scheme, has received 43 initial proposals from 11 bidders covering 190 RCS routes,” Sinha said.
Notably, the operations under the scheme are intended to provide air connectivity to un-served and remote routes with airfare being capped at Rs 2,500 for an hour’s journey of around 500 km.