Maharashtra: First State of India to Sign MoU with Centre, AAI to Develop 10 Airports Under RCS [ Current Affairs ]


Maharashtra becomes first state of India to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Union Civil Aviation Ministry and Airports Authority of India (AAI) to develop 10 airports under the Centre’s Regional Connectivity Scheme by providing the concessions required from the State Governments in the Regional Connectivity Scheme.

  • In the presence of Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis the MoU will be signed.
  • These 10 airports include

  • Shirdi
  • Gondia
  • Amravati
  • Jalgaon
  • Nashik
  • Solapur
  • Nanded
  • Kolhapur
  • Ratnagiri
  • Sindhudurg

Key Facts

  • The MoU includes regional air connectivity by air travel affordable and move aviation sector in Maharashtra to next level.
  • Central Government will help Maharashtra Government to developing essential infrastructure for developing these airports by provide funds and required assist.
  • The land will be provided by Maharashtra government by free of cost and will charge 1% the Local Body Tax (LBT) on air at the place of 10% for 10 years.
  • Electricity, water and necessary facilities will be provided at concessional rates.
  • Roads, rail and waterway connectivity will also provide.

About Regional Connectivity Scheme

  • The provision of Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) has been mentioned in the National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP) 2015.
Imafe of Regional Connectivity Scheme

Imafe of Regional Connectivity Scheme

Imafe of Regional Connectivity Scheme

  • From this India will revive un-served or under-served airstrips/airports by increasing civil aviation sector.
  • Currently from 476 airstrips only 75 have scheduled operations.
  • Airport Authority of India will implement this project.

RCS route:

The unserved and underserved routes will cover 200 to 800 km length (not applicable to hilly areas, islands, North-east region and for helicopter operations)

  1. un-served airports  i.e. airports where any commercial flight not scheduled
  2. Under-served airports i.e. airports with 7 or less scheduled commercial flights per week.


  • Central Government will get 80% of subsidiary of the cost for revival of airports while 90% subsidiary will provide to Northeastern states.
  • The ticket rate will be Rs 2,500 under a one-hour flight.
  • Regional Connectivity Fund (RCF) will also grant the operation of the RCS.

- Published on: August 24, 2016