• PM: New aviation policy will help unleash potential of smaller towns

    India’s aviation sector has huge possibilities of growth with smaller towns unleashing their true potential with middle-class increasingly aspiring to fly, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after inaugurating the integrated international terminal building at Vadodara airport on Saturday.

    Emphasising on better connectivity between smaller towns and distant locations, Modi said the country’s aviation sector is growing rapidly and required attention.

    He said that for the first time since independence, the government has come out with a dedicated policy for the aviation sector. “There used to be planes, there were flights and there were fliers. But never before have we had a policy for this sector with a clear vision about its future growth.”

    Green airport

    Modi also stated that after Kochi, Vadodara has become India’s second airport to be recognised as a green airport. The airport has been developed at a cost of ?160 crore and has a capacity to handle 700 passengers per hour.

    “As per an estimate, in the next five years, the annual number of fliers in India will be equal to the population of the US. You can imagine the extent of potential this sector has,” the Prime Minister said, adding that the capping of fares of one-hour flights at ?2,500 will further encourage airlines to connect distant pockets. “This policy will help in reviving airports and increase employment opportunity in this sector. Air traffic in these places will have multiple economic effect on these regions.”

    Railway University

    Modi said the Centre will set up the country’s first Railway University in Vadodara to boost innovation in railway technology.

    “Our Railways continue to operate in the old structure. With technology and innovation we can change the face of the Railways in India. This university will play an important role towards encouraging innovation.” Bryan Bulaga Authentic Jersey

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