Prime Minister reviews infra sectors; New civil aviation policy on anvil
New Delhi: A new civil aviation policy is under preparation of the government, a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was told today amid his thrust on inter-linking connectivity-related infrastructure sectors.
Reviewing work in connectivity-linked infrastructure sectors, he emphasised the need for faster inter-ministerial coordination and resolution of issues, and laid stress on achieving visible results in clear timeframes.
Modi directed strict monitoring of projects, based on monthly completion of targets. He said he looked forward to a meeting with coastal states to discuss infrastructure, coastal security, island development and tourism in an integrated and holistic manner.
The review focussed on progress of work towards achievement of targets in the sectors of road, railways, shipping and civil aviation. “The Prime Minister underlined that the development vision of various connectivity-related infrastructure sectors should be inter-related and closely coordinated,” a PMO statement said.
With regard to the civil aviation sector, it was noted that a new policy is under preparation. Modi said states should be made partners in working out and maintaining the viability of new international airports proposed to be set up within their territory.
Expressing satisfaction over the beginning of work at Pakyong Airport in Sikkim, it was noted that with the start of the second route for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra and the thrust of Sikkim as an organic state, this airport would be able to cater to a huge demand for air services.
The meeting was also told that 20 projects in 10 sectors have been identified for FDI following the decision to allow 100 per cent foreign investment in the railways.