Uttarakhand: UDAN heli services to connect Dehradun with Badrinath, Gangotri

Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) operationalized the first-ever helicopter services from Dehradun’s Sahastradhara helipad to Gauchar and Chinyalisaur under the Regional Connectivity Scheme – UdeDesh Ka AamNagrik (RCS-UDAN) of Government of India. The inauguration of the helicopter routes in the Uttrakhand region is in line with the objective of the Ministry of Civil Aviation to enhance the aerial connectivity of the hilly areas in the country. MoCA awarded the Sahastradhara-Gauchar-Chinyalisaur route to Heritage Aviation under the UDAN 2 bidding process. Heritage Aviation will operate helicopter services from Sahastradhara to Gauchar and Chinyalisaur twice daily.

100 airports to be developed by 2025 for UDAN Scheme

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced 100 more airports will be developed by 2025 to support the UDAN Scheme, aimed at better regional connectivity. Sitharaman announced ` 1.7 lakh crore had been provided for transport infrastructure in 2020-21. 150 trains would run under the public private partnership (PPP) mode. Four stations would be redeveloped with the help of the private sector.