North-East: UDAN approves 78 new routes under the 4th round of Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS). UDAN is also known as UdeDesh Ka AamNagrik. The Ministry of Civil Aviation was successful in bidding three rounds.
This will further enhance the connectivity to remote and regional areas of the country. During the approval process for the new routes, priority was given to the North-Eastern region. Hilly states and Islands were also given priority.
Special boost is being given to connectivity in North East. Boost was given to routes from Guwahati to Tezu, Rupsi, Tezpur, Passighat, Misa, and Shillong. People will be able to fly from Hissar to Chandigarh, Dehradun, and Dharmshala under these UDAN 4 routes.
Routes from Varanasi to Chitrakoot and Shravasti have also been approved. Agatti, Kavaratti and Minicoy islands of Lakshadweep have also been connected by the new routes of UDAN 4.0.
So far, 766 routes have been sanctioned under the scheme. 29 served, 08 unserved (including 02 heliports and 01 water aerodrome), and 02 underserved airports have been included in the list for approved routes.
The 4th round of UDAN was launched in December 2019 with a special focus on North-Eastern Regions, Hilly States, and Islands. The airports that had already been developed by AAI are given higher priority for the award of VGF (Viability Gap Funding) under the Scheme. Under UDAN 4, the operation of helicopter and seaplanes is also being incorporated. Since its inception, MoCA has operationalized 274 UDAN routes that have connected 45 airports and 3 heliports.
List of Unserved airports are:
Tezu, Arunachal Pradesh
Misa (Heliport), Assam
Geleki (Heliport), Assam
Kavaratti (Water aerodrome), Lakshadweep
List of Underserved airports are:
Passighat, Arunachal Pradesh