Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated Air Odisha’s flight service between Ahmedabad and Diu and flagged off Pawan Hans helicopter services from Daman to Diu, in addition to launching development projects worth Rs1,000 crore in the Union territory.

Bhubaneswar-headquartered Air Odisha, which earlier this month received permission to operate scheduled passenger services under the UDAN regional connectivity scheme that aims to increase the use of air travel and make it more affordable, launched its first flight in Gujarat—from Mundra and Jamnagar to Ahmedabad—on 17 February.

Describing the public meeting that he addressed in Daman as a “historic event not only in terms of the number of people…but also in terms of the development projects being launched from there,” Modi said the “various development projects launched today will bring a qualitative difference in the lives of the people of Daman and Diu.”

“I appreciate the administration of Daman and Diu for their efforts towards cleanliness, e-rickshaws and CNG (compressed natural gas). A clean Daman will draw more tourists, which will create better economic opportunities for the people,” the Prime Minister said.

Modi presented Badhai kits—a pair of baby clothes, diapers, a rattle, a bowl and a spoon—under the Beti Bachao Beti, Padhao Scheme; handed over certificates to women who were provided free driving training by the Daman and Diu administration; cycles to schoolgirls, and permits for CNG vehicles. He also distributed certificates to beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana (both Grameen and Urban), the Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Suraksha Yojana and the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana.