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Uttar Pradesh State PCS

  • 29 May 2024
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Uttar Pradesh Set to Invest in Civil Aviation

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According to the sources, the Uttar Pradesh government is targeting private investment of USD 2 billion (over Rs 16,000 crore) in the civil aviation sector.

  • Apart from promoting ancillary activities, such as aviation training, aircraft maintenance, and aero-sports, the proposed investment may be used to develop and upgrade existing airstrips.

Key Points

  • Under the flagship Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS), apart from the 14 state-owned airstrips marked for immediate development, the state is taking steps to operationalise 225 routes.
    • Six airstrips namely Aligarh, Azamgarh, Chitrakoot, Shravasti, Moradabad, and Sonbhadra are being upgraded to handle the flights under the RCS.
    • The state has allocated a budget of about Rs 28,000 crore in the current financial year 2024-25 (FY25) for the civil aviation infrastructure for airstrips modernisation, land acquisition, and more.
  • Uttar Pradesh witnessed a rise of 20% in the number of flyers in FY24, indicating a sharp uptick in aviation growth in leisure and business tourism.
    • The government is also promoting helicopter taxis in major tourist hotspots under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode.
    • In 2023, UP Tourism signed an agreement with Rajas Aerosports And Adventures to operate heliports for 30 years between Agra and Mathura.
  • UP has emerged as the most favoured tourist destination, logging a 50% jump in tourist inflow to 480 million in 2023.

Regional Connectivity Scheme

  • About:
  • Objectives:
    • Improve the air connectivity to remote and regional areas of India.
    • Development of remote areas and enhancing trade and commerce and tourism expansion.
    • Enable common people to access air travel with affordable rates.
    • Employment creation in the aviation sector.
  • Key Features:
    • Under the scheme, airlines have to cap airfares for 50% of the total seats at Rs. 2,500 per hour of flight.
    • This would be achieved through:
      • A financial stimulus in the form of concessions from Central and State governments and airport operators and
      • Viability Gap Funding (VGF) – A government grant provided to the airlines to bridge the gap between the cost of operations and expected revenue.
      • Regional Connectivity Fund (RCF) was created to meet the viability gap funding requirements under the scheme.
    • The partner State Governments (other than UTs and NER states where contribution will be 10%) would contribute a 20% share to this fund.

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