Budget 2018: Implementation of UDAN scheme needs to be strengthened to reach target, says Aviation expert Arvind Pradhan

Mumbai: The Government of India, on Thursday, has announced push to its ambitious UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) scheme, an initiative which was taken to make air travel affordable for common people living in tier II and tier III cities.

Tabling Union Budget 2018 in Parliament, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitely has  proposed to expand airport capacity more than five times to handle a billion trips a year under the new initiative. Reacting to the government’s initiative, the Director General of Indian Merchants’ Chamber (IMC), Arvind Pradhan, said the implementation versus the scheme intention is not up to the mark and one has to look at Government of India’s intention, which is very good but the ‘implementation part of it needs to be strengthened to ensure achieving the target.

“If the initiative is implemented properly, it will connect the hinterlands. One area we are lacking every time is the implementation. The entire budget is focussed towards the agriculture sector and rural India. I would say it was a very balanced budget,” said  Pradhan. India is third largest and the fastest growing domestic aviation market in the world in terms of number of domestic tickets sold’, according to the recent Economic survey tabled in the parliament early this week.

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