Union Budget: 100 more Airports to be developed by 2024 to support UDAAN Scheme
New Delhi/IBNS: Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman, while presenting the Union Budget 2020-21, in Parliament, on Saturday said that infrastructure was crucial to the theme of “Economic development” and hence the Budget which is dedicated to provide “Ease of Living” to all citizen. She said 100 more airports would be developed by 2024 to support Udaan scheme
Emphasising need for efficiency of India Sea Ports and use of technology to improve their performance, Nirmala Sitharaman, said “The government would consider corporatizing at least one major port and subsequently its listing on the stock exchanges.”
Speaking about Inland Waterways, the Finance Minister also announced that the “Jal Vikas Marg” on National Waterway-1 will be completed and further the 890 Km Dhubri-Sadiya connectivity will be done by 2022”.
Smt Sitharaman further said that Plans are afoot on “Arth Ganga”- PM’s vision to energise economic activity along the river banks. In order to boost the transport Infrastructure in the country the Union Budget has provided for about Rs 1.70 Lakh Crore.
The Finance Minister also announced that 100 more airports would be developed by 2024 to support Udaan scheme.
She also remarked in her Budget presentation that India’s Air traffic has grown rapidly as compared to global average and the Air fleet number was expected to go up from the present 600 to 1200 during this time.
In the direction of doubling farmers’ income by 2022, among other measures, the Finance Minister also announced launch of “Krishi Udaan” by the Ministry of Civil aviation on International & National routes. This is aimed to help improve value realisation especially in North-East and Tribal districts.