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UDAN 5.0 Scheme

Published on April 24, 2023
Current Context:UDAN 5.0 is the fifth phase of the government’s regional air connectivity scheme that aims to further enhance connectivity to remote and regional areas of the country.
UDAN 5.0 Scheme
  • The focus of this round is on Category-2 (20-80 seats) and Category-3 (>80 seats) aircraft. The scheme will add or revive air strips closer to wildlife sanctuaries, tourist destinations or spiritual places located in tier II and tier III cities.
Some key features of UDAN 5.0 include:
    • The earlier stage length cap of 600 km is waived off and there is no restriction on the distance between the origin and destination of the flight.
    • Viability gap funding (VGF) to be provided will be capped at 600 km stage length for both Priority and Non-Priority areas which was earlier capped at 500 km.
    • No predetermined routes would be offered. Only Network and Individual Route Proposal proposed by airlines will be considered.
    • The airlines would be required to submit an action/business plan after 2 months from the issuance of LoA wherein they submit their aircraft acquisition plan/availability of aircraft, crew, slots, etc. at the time of the Technical Proposal.

Question:

Q.1 What is the aim of UDAN 5.0?
a. To enhance connectivity to remote and regional areas
b. To reduce air pollution
c. To increase road connectivity
d. To increase sea connectivity

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