State-Central Government sign MoU to develop 11 Airports of Gujarat under Regional Connectivity Scheme

September 01, 2016

With a view to boost regional connectivity by developing 11 airports, the Gujarat government today signed MoU with the Ministry of Civil Aviation under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS). It may be mentioned that, Union Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, RCS scheme has been given boost in National Civil Aviation Policy-2016 to develop civil aviation sector and aviation infrastructure.

Under this connectivity scheme airport of Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Jamnagar, Surat, Porbandar, Mehsana, Mandvi, Amreli, Kandla, Keshod and Deesa, will be developed, which falls under un-served-underserved category.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed here in presence of Union Civil Aviation Minister Mr. Gajapathi Raju and Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Vijaybhai Rupani. State Government concentrates on making available most suitable commercial atmosphere to make Gujarat as aviation hub.

This MoU has been signed to develop the 11 air-strips / airports which are in working or not in working position, so that the state aviation sector may develop in more efficient way to provide easy connectivity to the passengers of state. The infrastructural development will take place as per the RCS of civil aviation ministry.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed and mutually exchanged by Principal Secretary to State Tourism Department Mr. S. J. Haider and Chairman to Airport Authority of India Mr. Guruprasad Mahapatra and senior authority to Civil Aviation Ministry Sushree Usha Padhee in presence of Mr. Vijaybhai Rupani, Mr. Gajapathi Raju, State Cabinet Ministers Mr. Babubhai Bokhiriya, Mr. Jashabhai Barad, Chief Secretary Mr. J. N. Singh and senior officials of state-central government.

A discussion was held between Mr. Rupani and Mr. Raju in a meeting with senior officials of state-central governments to develop Dholera airport on PPP basis as a part of Green Field Airport Policy of Union Government. Also there was Fruitful discussions regarding establishment and development of various issues at Ahmedabad airport such as executive lounge, distribution in terminal building, luggage screening, additional aero bridge on Ahmedabad airport and NSOP lounge in GUJSAIL building etc.

On the occasion, a detailed presentation was presented by the Union Civil Aviation Ministry.

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