The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, is set to inaugurate the Shivamogga Airport in Karnataka. This airport is one of the many new airports that have been developed under the UDAN scheme of the Central Government to increase air connectivity in remote and underdeveloped regions of the country. The inauguration of this airport is expected to boost the accessibility and connectivity of Shivamogga and the neighbouring areas in the Malnad region.
New Airport with a Unique Design
The Shivamogga Airport has been built at a cost of Rs.450 crore. The new airport has a unique design, with a lotus-shaped Passenger Terminal Building. The airport is equipped with modern facilities such as aerobridges, escalators, and baggage handling systems. The airport can handle 300 passengers per hour and will provide air connectivity to many nearby regions.
Improving Railway Connectivity
During his visit, the Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone for two railway projects in the region. The Shikaripura-Ranebennur new Railway line and Koteganguru Railway coaching depot projects are expected to improve railway connectivity in the area. These projects will also provide employment opportunities and boost the local economy.
Boosting Tourism in the Region
The development of the Shivamogga Airport and the railway projects is expected to boost tourism in the region. Shivamogga is a popular tourist destination in Karnataka, known for its historical monuments, ancient temples, and scenic beauty. The new airport and improved railway connectivity will make it easier for tourists to visit Shivamogga and the surrounding areas.
The UDAN Scheme
The UDAN scheme, which stands for ‘Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik’, was launched by the Government of India in 2016. The scheme aims to provide air connectivity to remote and underdeveloped regions of the country. Under this scheme, the government provides financial assistance to airlines to operate flights to these regions. The scheme has been successful in increasing air connectivity in many remote and underdeveloped regions of the country.
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