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22 airports ready for regional operations, says AAI chairman

Updated: Sep 21, 2016 18:23 IST

New Delhi [India], Sept.21 (ANI): The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is mulling over connecting about 22 airports under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) in the first phase.

AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra said he hopes to make airfares affordable to encourage flying among the masses.

He also said another 30 airports can be made ready for operations under the scheme by making "some investments".

"India, despite having very large and aspiration middle class, very less people travel by air. There are little more than 400 commercial aircrafts as compared to other countries that have 3tp 4k aircrafts. Approximately, in a country of 100 crore people only 8 crore people travel by air annually and it's a small number. So idea of government is to promote flying by masses in safe and affordable manner and it's the USP of our regional connectivity."said Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, Airports Authority of India

He also said the AAI would spend Rs 17,500 crore as capital expenditure over a period till 2019-20. The money would also be spent on building airport terminals and expanding runways at many existing airports.

"We are now going to spend 17,500 crore as capital expenditure project by year 2019-2020 out of which significant amount is for strengthening air navigation services (ANS) capabilities. We are recruiting more people and in this financial year we have al ready recruited 800 people so I don't think that there will be any problem in managing" said Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, Airports Authority of India

The AAI is also planning to build 50 no-frills airports across the country. (ANI)

New Delhi [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): The Supreme Court will today hear on a number of issues concerning the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), including the implementation of the Justice Lodha panel recommendations and the centre seeking the restoration of voting rights of the Railways, Services and the Association of Indian Universities.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will today file a final report before the Patiala House Court in connection with the coal scam case against Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal besides others.

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Updated: Mar 24, 2017 06:34 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): The Supreme Court will today hear the plea filed by the Students Islamic Organisation (SIO) seeking to conduct the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) in Urdu language from next session.

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Rahul Gandhi not a political material: BJP

Updated: Mar 24, 2017 05:25 IST

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): Backing veteran politician S.M. Krishna's view on Rahul Gandhi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said the vice-president is not a political material, adding that he has no popularity in the country.

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New Delhi/Mumbai [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): Expressing the opinion that Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad should have filed a complaint instead of hitting the national carrier Air India staffer, the Congress on Friday said the law should take its course.

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MARD to continue its strike

Updated: Mar 24, 2017 02:12 IST

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) continue its strike due to not receiving a certified copy of the Bombay High Court order.

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Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Thursday distributed portfolios among his cabinet, keeping home, power, health, public works department (PWD) and 33 others with himself.

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Ukhrul (Imphal) [India], Mar.23 (ANI): Director of Art and Culture Dr. K. Sushila on Thursday asserted that revival of indigenous culture and traditions of both hills and plain dwellers needed to be promoted.

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Manali (Himachal Pradesh) [India], Mar.23 (ANI): Hundred Indian Army men of Border Road Organization (BRO) were deployed on Thursday to clear summer snow on road stretching over 222 kilometres for traffic from Manali to Sissu.

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New Delhi [India], Mar.23 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee has asserted that audit being knowledge based activity, such interactions, sharing of knowledge, experiences, and best practices would be mutually beneficial to all members of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs).

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): A special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) court on Thursday convicted Nigerian national, Michael Oti Nicholas for a four years rigorous imprisonment for possessing drugs in commercial quantity.

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Hubli (Karnataka) [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): As many as four pregnant women were carried on a single stretcher in a state government hospital in Karnataka's Hubli district on Thursday.

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PM Modi greets Sharif on Pakistan Day

Updated: Mar 23, 2017 21:05 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday sent greetings to his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif on Pakistan's National Day via a letter.

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