In a bid to boost its engagement with Bimstec, India is looking to expand the UDAN scheme of its aviation policy to countries of this regional bloc, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said on Tuesday.
“What the government of India would like to see is that we can take the policy design behind UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik or ‘common people of the country can fly’) and extend it across the Bimstec region,” Sinha said while speaking at an event here to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec).
“So if we can link Pakyong (greenfield airport in Sikkim), there is no reason why we can’t link an airport in Bhutan or an airport in Myanmar in the same fashion,” he said.
Bimstec comprises Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Its main objective is technical and economic cooperation among south Asian and southeast Asian countries along the rim of the Bay of Bengal.