PM Modi Launches Cheap RCS Aeroplane in Shimla
By Mehnaz : 28-Apr-2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, April 27th flagged off the first low-cost plane from Shimla airport in Jabarhatti, 22 km from Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. Under a government scheme to boost regional air connectivity thus enabling the common man to fly. He has mentioned in the launch ceremony that he wants to see people with Hawaii chappals or rubber slippers in a hawai jahaaz (aircraft). The Regional Connectivity Scheme RCS is also called as Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik, UDAN. Currently the airplane, Alliance Air a subsidiary of Air India is being operated which is a 42 seater ATR plane on this sector. The nominal cost under UDAN project has been kept as low as Rs. 2,500 for a maximum of 1-hour journey covering up to 500 km.
Simultaneously, PM Modi has also inaugurated RCS planes on the Kadapa-Hyderabad and Nanded- Hyderabad regions through a video conference at the event while in Shimla. Modiji even announced that the next airplane to take off under this project will be the Mumbai-Nanded area.
Earlier the Pm had stated that the air travel was only meant for the Raja-Maharaja and elite classes. He had claimed that the mascot of Air India’s company being a maharaja. Narendra Modi had however recalled this issue with Rajiv Pratap Rudy, the civil aviation minister during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s regime, that cartoonist RK Laxman’s Common Man should be the mascot of the airline.