Udan scheme to be launched on Thursday by PM Modi: Air travel to cost as low as Rs 2,000

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the UDAN scheme in Shimla on Thursday. UDAN, or Uda Desh Ka Aam Naagrik, simply translates to ‘Let the common man fly’. The scheme aims to boost regional connectivity, while providing low-cost air tickets to the customers.

Udan scheme

Underserved and unserved airports across the nation would be selected under the UDAN scheme. The airfares would be subsidised by the central as well as state governments. The ticket cost is expected to start from Rs 2,000. “Airfare for a 1-hour journey of appx 500 km on a fixed wing aircraft or for a 30-minute journey on a helicopter would be capped at Rs 2,500,” the statement released by PMO said. “This with proportionate pricing for routes of different stage lengths and flight duration,” it further added.

The inaugural Shimla-Delhi flight under Udan scheme, scheduled to be green-flagged by PM Modi tomorrow, offers ticket at starting price of Rs 2,036.

While in Shimla, the Prime Minister will also address a rally at the historic Ridge Maidan.

This will be his first visit to Shimla after becoming the Prime Minister. He had visited the capital of Himachal Pradesh last in 2003 when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

However, it is his second visit to the state. Last year, he had addressed a BJP rally at Mandi.

Modi was in-charge of organisational affairs of Himachal Pradesh for eight years till 2002.

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