The Union minister also urged states to reduce VAT on Air Turbine Fuel (ATF) for facilitating air connectivity to Tier-II, Tier-III cities.
Union minister for civil aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia addressing at the Annual Civil Aviation Ministers’ Conference 2022, in New in New Delhi on Tuesday.Civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Tuesday announced that all the national highways will have helipads for immediate evacuation during emergencies. Speaking at civil aviation minister’s conference, Scindia said that they have had talks with the ministry of road transport regarding the project to ensure the infrastructure is in place.
“We had talks with the Ministry of Road Transport that all the new highways should have helipads along them so that infrastructure is in place. Helipads on national highways will help in immediate evacuations during emergencies,” Jyotiraditya Scindia said.
The delegates of the civil aviation ministry were present at the event organized in the national capital.
Scindia also urged states to reduce VAT on Air Turbine Fuel (ATF) for facilitating air connectivity to Tier-II, Tier-III cities, noting that the VAT on jet fuel is still high in eight states and Union Territories in the range of 20-30 per cent. He requested Assam, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Bihar, and Punjab governments to reduce VAT on ATF for the growth of civil aviation sector in their states.