New Delhi, April 29 (IANS) Union Minister Jayant Sinha on Friday said the central government is working on a new initiative to ease the security and boarding procedure — ‘Digi Yatra’ — which will use Aadhaar card or passport number and a digital mode to verify passengers.
The Minister of State for Civil Aviation revealed about the new initiative at the Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) annual session 2017 themed ‘Future of Globalisation: Can India Lead?’ here.
According to the Minister, a “working group” has been set up to streamline the modalities of the new initiative which will be introduced in phases.
Speaking on the government’s regional air connectivity scheme, UDAN, which was launched on April 27, Sinha said it will create additional 100 airports over the next 2-3 years.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the highly-subsidised regional air connectivity scheme from Shimla.
The Rs 2,500-an-hour flight launched on Thursday is part of ‘Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik’ (UDAN) scheme that makes air travel more affordable to the common people.
It also plans to enhance connectivity with more airports in the country.
The first regional flight under the scheme was flagged off between Shimla and Delhi from Jubbarhatti, the tabletop airport located 2,196 metres above the sea level and 22 km from Himachal Pradesh capital Shimla.
Air India’s subsidiary Alliance Air, which will operate the Delhi-Shimla flight, has fixed the one-way fare at Rs 2,036.
According to the Minister, the UDAN scheme has market friendly features such as removal of airport and navigation charges, reduction in ATF (air turbine fuel) taxes and routes exclusivity for three years which would incentivise air passenger carriers.