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30 July 2020 Current Affairs:Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, MoS, I/C, Civil Aviation flagged off the first helicopter service by Pawan Hans in Uttarakhand under the UDAN-RCS scheme on 29 July. So far, 274 UDAN routes have been operationalized to connect 45 airports and 3 heliports since the launch of the first UDAN flight in April 2017. The opening of these new routes and heli service are expected to bring people of the Uttarkhand closer and support tourism in the region.

♦ The new heli service will enable connectivity between Dehradun, New Tehri, Srinagar and Gauchar. 
♦ It will enhance the aerial connectivity between hilly regions in Uttarakhand.
♦ It will reduce the average travel time to 20-25 minutes. 
♦ The move will assist the Chaar Dhaam Yatra pilgrims. 
♦ The service will be operated thrice-weekly helicopter services on this route. 
♦ Viability Gap Funding (VGF) will be provided to both operators and passengers under the UDAN scheme to keep the fares affordable for the common people. 
♦ The fare for these routes is Rs.2900 per seat. 
♦ MoCA awarded the Dehradun- New Tehri – Srinagar – Gauchar route to Pawan Hans Ltd. under the UDAN 2 bidding process.
♦ Two more networks connecting Dehradun to Ramnagar, Pantnagar, Nainital, Almora, Pithoragarh, and Dehradun to Mussoorie will be operationalized soon by Pawan Hans Ltd.
♦ So far, 3 rounds of UDAN have already been undertaken and close to 50 lakh passengers have travelled in UDAN flights covering airports in 19 States and 2 UTs. The fourth round of UDAN is under process.

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