Mumbai. The Ministry of Civil Aviation, State Government of Maharashtra and Airports Authority of India (AAI) August 23 signed a tri-partite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) thereby kicking off the collaborative process of the three agencies coming together for successful launch of the Regional Connectivity Scheme.
The MoU was signed at Mumbai in the presence of Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. With today’s development, the Maharashtra Government has formally agreed to provide the concessions required from the State Governments in the Regional Connectivity Scheme thereby becoming the first state in the country to do so. The agreement was signed by AAI Chairman, Principal Secretary Civil Aviation (Maharashtra) and Joint Secretary (Ministry of Civil Aviation).
Earlier Mr Raju and Mr Fadnavis discussed various other aviation related issues in the State of Maharashtra at length. The meeting was attended by Civil Aviation Secretary RN Choubey, Maharashtra Chief Secretary Swadheen Kshatriya and other officials.
Among others, the subject of rehabilitation of slums (that have come up right next to the Mumbai International Airport) was deliberated upon in details. Early operationlisation of several available airports and airstrips in the State (like Shirdi, Kolhapur, Nasik, Sholapur etc) also figured prominently in the discussions.
Later, Mr Raju undertook an aerial survey of the proposed airport site for Navi Mumbai and took a status briefing from the officers concerned. He laid emphasis on timely completion of the project and conveyed that this can be achieved only if timelines for all sub-activities are adhered to.
Mr Raju said he will be undertaking similar visits to several other States across the country to promote the Regional Connectivity Scheme and discuss other related issues in the States. He expressed hope several airports in the State will see activity as flights take off from these places as a part of the Regional Connectivity Scheme.