Guwahati Current Affairs - 2019

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Fact Box: Alliance Air flags off Guwahati-Dimapur-Imphal flight under UDAN-RCS

Alliance Air has flagged-off its first flight operations between Guwahati in Assam to Dimapur (largest city of Nagaland) and Imphal (capital of Manipur), under the Regional Connectivity Scheme – Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (RCS-UDAN). This direct 50 minute-long flights connecting Guwahati-Dimapur-Imphal is under a Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS), part of government’s Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) programme.

The commencement of flight operations in region marks another step by the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation to establish a strong air network in North East India. The Alliance Air, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air India, currently connects 57 destinations and with addition of Dimapur and Imphal, there will be 59 stations in its ambit.

Key Highlights

A 70-seater aircraft will be deployed on these routes by the airline with the price of a one-way ticket from Dimapur to Imphal or vice versa costing Rs 1,811. The flights between Imphal and Dimapur route will operate thrice-weekly- on every Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Itinerary: Flight 9I 741 will depart from Guwahati at 8 am and arrive in Dimapur at 8:55 am, then the plane will depart from Dimapur at 9:20 am and arrive in Imphal at 10:10 am. While, Flight 9I 742 will depart from Imphal at 10:35 am, arrive in Dimapur at 11:25 am and the plane will depart from Dimapur at 11:50 am and arrive in Guwahati at 12:45 pm.

Need: Flight services from Dimapur to capital of Manipur, Imphal was a long pending demand from the region. This flight marks the inception of first-ever alternative option of connectivity to Imphal as until now, the Imphal is yet to be connected with India’s railway network. Therefore, till now, for a mere distance of 200 km, people had to travel for 7 hours by bus from Dimapur to reach Imphal, but now with establishment of the air route, people can now travel to Imphal in 50 minutes by air from Dimapur and can also access air connectivity to other parts of the country as well from Guwahati.

About UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik)

UDAN-RCS, launched in April 2017, is a regional airport development and Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) of Union Government, which aims to enable air operations on unserved routes, connecting regional areas, to promote balanced regional growth and to make flying affordable and widespread for masses. It also seeks boost inclusive national economic development, job growth and air transport infrastructure development of all regions and states of India.

Khelo India Youth Games 2020 to be held in Guwahati

Union Minister of Sports Kiren Rijiju announced that 3rd edition of Khelo India Youth Games will be held in Guwahati, Assam between 18-30 January 2020. Khelo India programme’s inaugural edition was held in New Delhi in 2018, while Pune hosted 2nd edition in 2019.

2020 Games will be conducted in partnership with Indian Olympic Association (IOA), School Games Federation of India (SGFI) & Assam as host State. The event will see a participation of over 10,000 athletes and officials from all over country and it will be held .

About Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG)

KIYG formerly called Khelo India School Games (KISG) literally means Play India Youth Games are held annually in month of January or February.

These are National level multidisciplinary grassroots games held for two categories-

Under-17 years school students

Under-21 college students

Financial Assistance: Every year best performing 1000 participants are given an annual scholarship of INR 5,00,000 for 8 years to prepare them for international sporting events.

Significance: Khelo India programme was introduced by Union Ministry of Sports to revive sports culture in India at grass-root level. It seeks to build a strong framework for all sports played in country as well as establish India as a great sporting nation.