Indore (Madhya Pradesh): Helicopter services will be launched in the state to increase connectivity of tourist spots and promote tourism in the state, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced on Sunday during the inaugural program of flights launched from Indore-Gondia-Hyderabad under the ‘Ude Desh Kaa Aam Naagrik -Regional Connectivity Service (UDAN-RCS). Regional airline FlyBig operates the flight. It was the first commercial flight to Gondia from Indore. Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia inaugurated the flight.
CM Chouhan attended the event virtually. He said in his speech that it was a good start and soon more flights would start. He added that there are also plans to launch helicopter services in the state to increase connectivity with tourist spots.
“Under this plan, the helicopter service will operate from Khajuraho to Panna Wildlife Sanctuary, Jabalpur to Kanha Tiger Reserve and other locations. This will attract tourists to the state,” the chief minister said.
Minister Scindia said his ministry was working on a policy on the use of small planes and helicopters to expand regional connectivity. “We want our policy to strengthen regional air connectivity and reach remote areas. And for that, a policy of using small planes and helicopters is being developed,” Scindia said.
Scindia added that Indore had been air-linked to 21 towns in the past eight months, pushing the number of weekly flights to and from Indore to 445 from 308. He said only one Direct international flight from Madhya Pradesh to Dubai had already started from Indore, and efforts were underway to arrange a direct flight to Sharjah as well.
Scindia said, “Today we connected Madhya Pradesh with Maharashtra and Hyderabad. Apart from big cities, Indore needs to be connected with other smaller cities. Indore and Gondia share an ancient relationship and it is our responsibility to bring these cities together. This is just the beginning.”
According to Scindia, Indore is now connected to a total of 21 towns; previously it was 12. “In the next few days, we are planning smaller planes and helicopters to connect every city across the country to the last mile,” he added.
Local leaders demand more flights
On the program, former Lok Sabha Chairman Sumitra Mahajan, Water Resources Minister Tulsi Silawat, Tourism Minister Usha Thakur, MP Shankar Lalwani, MP Malini Gaur, Ramesh Mendola, Akash Vijayvargiya and other leaders were present.
Minister Silawat said more flights connecting Indore with Dehradun, Tirupati, Jabalpur, Jammu, Shirdi and other towns would be launched in the city. He thanked Scindia for launching the flight.
MLA Gaur said it was great to have a direct flight from Dubai to Indore, but would be bigger if more such flights were launched.
Vijayvargiya said, “I often plan to go to Daman and Diu, Lakshadweep, Somnath and other places but, due to lack of connectivity, my plan is always cancelled. Connectivity helps development and these two things are interconnected.
Tai praises Scindia’s sanskars
Former Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan praised Scindia sanskars. She said, “Scindia’s good deeds come from her sanskars. His ancestors also used to give great respect to everyone. His father, Madhavrao Scindia, was in opposition, but he never spoke harsh words to anyone and never behaved badly to anyone. Jyotiraditya maintains the legacy and reflects his great upbringing and sanskars.
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Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2022, 11:47 PM IST