NEW DELHI || With a focus on connectivity of Islands under the UDAN 4.0 scheme, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has invited bids for 3 unserved airports/airstrips in Andaman & Nicobar Island and 1 underserved airport/airstrip in Lakshadweep Island, an official said on Tuesday.
The ministry has also recognized 4 Water Aerodromes locations in Andaman & Nicobar Island and 2 in Lakshadweep Island that is up for bidding. The efforts are in the direction to provide aerial connectivity to the region.
The move will not only boost tourism but will also transform the economic situation of the region. Under the UDAN 4.0 scheme, MoCA is also providing additional Viability Gap Funding (VGF) of around 25% to the airlines.
The route connecting “Cochin – Agatti” is currently operated by Alliance Air. The Ministry of Home Affairs aiming to promote the route Cochin-Agatti-Cochin further, intends more airlines to operate this route. Accordingly, as an exception to the Scheme, the Cochin-Agatti route has been incorporated under the current version of the Scheme to provide additional connectivity to the island region.
Airports available for bidding under UDAN 4.0 are Campbell Bay – Andaman &Nicobar, Car Nicobar – Andaman &Nicobar, Shibpur – Andaman &Nicobar, Agatti – Lakshadweep Island. Six water aerodromes are also up for bidding and these include Hutbay – Andaman & Nicobar-Unserved, Long Island – Andaman & Nicobar –Underserved, Neil Island – Andaman & Nicobar- Underserved, Havelock – Andaman & Nicobar-Underserved, Minicoy – Lakshadweep Unserved and Kavaratti – Lakshadweep -Unserved.