People In Hawai Chappal Can Fly Hawai Jahaaj: What Arun Jaitley Meant

Union Budget 2018: "The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has 124 airports, we propose to expand airport capacity to 1 billion trips a year. With this step, hawai chappal-wearing citizens will be able to take the hawai jahaaj," Mr Jaitley said, using rubber flip-flops worn by millions across the country as a metaphor for the masses.

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Budget 2018: Arun Jaitley said regional air connectivity scheme "Udan" would connect 56 unserved airports


New Delhi:  Announcing Budget 2018 today, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said "people in Hawai Chappals (slippers) can fly in Hawai Jahaaz (airplanes)" with five times more airports in the country catering to over a billion trips a year.

"The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has 124 airports, we propose to expand airport capacity to 1 billion trips a year. With this step, Hawai Chappal wearing citizens will be able to take the Hawai Jahaaz,"Mr Jaitley said, using the rubber flip-flops worn by millions across the country as a metaphor for the masses.

He said the government's regional air connectivity scheme "Udan" or  'Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik', would connect 56 unserved airports and 31 unserved helipads.

Last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had used the same phrase while launching the Regional Connectivity Scheme, which he said would boost air travel between smaller cities and make flights far more affordable.

With several elections ahead in states and the national polls next year, the Finance Minister rolled out a budget designed to help distressed farmers and rural areas while boosting growth, jobs and private investment. One of the biggest takeaways is a mega health care scheme to cover 10 crore of India's poorest families, with Rs 5 lakh a year for each.

The Finance Minister said in the last three years, the number of domestic air passengers grew at 18 per cent a year and airline companies placed orders for more than 900 aircraft.

"Infrastructure is the growth driver of the economy. Our country needs massive investments, estimated to be in excess of Rs 50 lakh crore, in infrastructure to increase growth of GDP, connect and integrate the nation with a network of roads, airports, railways, ports and inland waterways and to provide good quality services to our people," Mr Jaitley said.


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