The National Democratic Alliance government’s ambitious regional connectivity scheme (RCS), planned to be operationalised by the year-end, has been delayed and is now expected to take off next year.
The government is currently working on framing a roadmap for the RCS that aims to connect remote areas by operationalising unserved and underserved airports. In the first phase, the government plans to make 60 airports operational over the next three years.
Of the 60 airports in the first phase, 10 are owned by the state-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) and 50 are owned by state governments. Currently, 65% of India’s air traffic is handled through 12 metro airports.
A senior civil aviation ministry official, requesting anonymity, said the final RCS policy will be finalised by the end of this month, but it would take another month to formulate the roadmap for implementing the RCS project. Brandon Mebane Authentic Jersey