New Delhi. The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) held a stakeholders conference/pre-bidding meeting on the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) in New Delhi November 11.
Regional Connectivity Scheme -UDAN was launched by Civil Aviation Minister P Ashok Gajapathi Raju on October 21 and the final RCS is available on MOCA website (http://www.civilaviation.gov.in).
Objective of RCS is to facilitate/ stimulate regional air connectivity by making it affordable. Regional air connectivity is envisaged under RCS by supporting the Selected Airline Operator(s) through concessions by Central Government, concerned State Government(s) & airport operators to reduce the cost of airline operation on RCS routes and financial (viability gap funding i.e. VGF) support to meet the gap, if any, between cost of airline operation and expected revenue on such routes.
A selected airline operator will be identified to operate on RCS route or network, on the basis of evaluation of initial proposal(s) and counter proposal(s) for VGF, received from airline operators who are having valid Air Operator Permit issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Airports Authority of India (AAI) has been designated Implementing Agency under the Scheme. Notice Inviting Proposals (NIP) for first round has been issued and published in newspapers. Proposal Due Date (PDD) is on 05/12/2016 up to 1730 hours (Please visit for registration web page; http://www.aai.aero/public_notices /aaisite_test/RCS-na.jsp and click E-tendering Bidding Process of RCS or http://www.mstcecommerce.com/ eprochome/rcs/index. jsp.
Presentation on RCS-UDAN was made by Minister of State (MoS) Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha and Civil Aviation Secretary RN Choubey.
MSTC who was engaged for development of e-bidding portal for RCS-UDAN made presentation on e-bidding process during the conference. Views of the State Government were also taken during the conference.