The regional air connectivity plan proposed by the Union government, which gives more power to the state governments in making decision on starting aviation service, is likely to benefit cities like Kolhapur. Commencement of flights from Kolhapur to Mumbai is a pending demand for the past five years.
Sources said the Union cabinet is set to clear the proposal in the next two days, which will benefit many states which are keen on such services. In most of the cases, the state governments have promised some financial support to promote the services.
District guardian minister Chandrakant Patil said, “Once the new bill gets cleared by the Union cabinet, I am going to take the issue with chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. There is also a plan to go ahead with land acquisition without acquiring the forest land, which could also benefit us. If it is helpful, then airport expansion will be pushed with some financial support and persuasion with the Union government.”
As per reports, the Prime Minister’s office has asked to provide more powers to the states on deciding the airports they want to launch flights from and on a few other things. Under the proposed regional connectivity scheme, the government will offer a subsidy to flights that connect currently non-operational airports at a fare of Rs 2,500 per hour of flight. The civil aviation ministry has hired a consultant to prepare a detailed plan for implementation of the scheme. Brice Butler Jersey