Speaking at the Civil Aviation Minister’s Conference on Tuesday, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia disclosed that all new national highways being built in the nation will have helipads beside them for quick evacuation during crises.
“We discussed with the Ministry of Road Transport the need for helipads along all new motorways in order to put infrastructure in place. Helipads on national highways will aid in emergency evacuations quickly,”During the occasion, Jyotiraditya Scindia said
The event was planned in the nation’s capital, and representatives from the ministry of civil aviation were also there.
Jyotiraditya Scindia, the Union Minister for Civil Aviation, earlier on Tuesday requested eight states, including West Bengal, Delhi, and Punjab, to lower the VAT on air turbine fuel (ATF) to improve air connectivity to Tier-II and Tier-III towns.
To support the expansion of the civil aviation industry in respective states, the minister requested that the governments of Assam, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Bihar, and Punjab cut the VAT on ATF.
In exchange for lowering the VAT on ATF, Mr. Scindia committed to improve air connectivity in these eight states.
“I kindly request that the eight states lower the VAT on ATF. I swear to you that I’ll improve air connectivity in your states” Speaking during the conference’s closing session, Mr. Scindia noted that all states and union territories had civil aviation ministers. The meeting lasted two days and took place in the nation’s capital.
The minister claimed that 12 states had long-term perspectives on this matter and had decreased the VAT on ATF months ago. “Due to the fact that aeroplanes will fly where raw resources are inexpensive, they saw an increase in travel to their states. And between 45% and 50% of the overall cost of the aviation industry is made up of ATF.”
“The ATF in these 12 states was 1-4%, while the ATF in the other 26 states was 20-30%. The graph of ATF has climbed from 53,000 per kilometre to 1.40 lakh per km during the past 15 months. ATF has decreased by about 20% over the past six months, but it is still the component of the airline industry that has the greatest cost impact.”
The Minister also discussed how the Covid-19 epidemic has mostly affected the civil aviation industry.
Mr. Scindia stated, “I am delighted that India is cooperating flawlessly, in light of the numerous obstacles that travellers throughout the world have owing to delayed planes, lengthy lines at airports, and issues with lost bags.”
“India’s previous record for daily travellers was close to 4 lakh. In April of this year and again a few days ago, we broke that record again. This time, between 4.07 lakh and 4.1 lakh travellers each day, we have set a new record” Speaking at the two-day conference’s closing ceremony for all the states and union territories’ civil aviation ministers, Mr. Scindia made the statement.
India has established a new milestone in the post-Covid era, he continued.
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