Last Updated: March 14, 2021, 1800 hrs IST

On the first day of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) proposed 392 new routes under its flagship scheme UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) 4.1 bidding phase.

“The bid document has been uploaded on the Central Procurement portal of the National Informatics Centre (NIC) inviting the bids from interested airlines. The bidding process is expected to be completed by 6 weeks,” read a statement by MoCA.

“Following the four successful rounds of bidding, the special UDAN 4.1 bidding round invites bids for priority routes which have not been covered under UDAN so far. This bidding round also includes routes specially requested by the state governments / UT administrations and earlier cancelled/terminated routes,” said Usha Padhee, Joint Secretary, MoCA.

So far, 325 routes and 56 airports have been used under UDAN, which will celebrate its fourth anniversary this year. There are five heliports and two water airports included in it. According to the Aviation Ministry, under the UDAN 4.1, airlines would be given some operational flexibility in order to ensure that appropriate working models for connecting smaller cities/runways are in place.

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