Sea plane routes connecting the various islands of Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar as well as Hyderabad’s Prakasam Barrage with Nagarjunasagar in Telangana are among the routes being offered to airlines under the fourth round of UDAN scheme.The Ministry of Civil Aviation invited bids for 134 routes under the low-cost flying scheme, also known as Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN), on Friday. Interested players can submit their proposals by February 22.Islands of Agatti, Kavaratti, and Mincoy in Lakshadweep have been offered for bidding. Popular islands of Andaman and Nicobar such as Hutbay, Neil, Long Island,Havelock have also been sought to be connected with sea planes under this round of UDAN.On the request of the State government, the Ministry has also invited interest for connecting Prakasam Barrage over Krishna river with Hyderabad as well as Nagarjunasagar dam in Telangana.Last month, the Ministry awarded 235 routes after the successful completion of the third round of bidding for UDAN routes. Players have six months to commence services. These included unserved airports of Andaman and Nicobar at Campbell Bay, Shibpur, Car Nicobar, and six watedromes at Guwahati River Front and Umrangso Reservoir in Assam, Nagarjuna Sagar dam in Telangana, and Shatrunjay Dam and Statue of Unity in Gujarat.Several airports in the northeast region such as Tezpur, Shillong, Passighat and Aizawl have also been offered again for bidding after 56 routes were withdrawn from Air Deccan and Air Odisha because of their failure to provide regular services.Of the 428 routes awarded to airlines under the first two rounds of bidding, 138 have taken off so far.
India will be eyeing their first seventh straight ODI series victory when they take on Sri Lanka in the third and final ODI at the Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Vishakhapatnam on Sunday.Captaining the Indian cricket team for the first time, Rohit Sharma will aim to continue the momentum from the second match at Mohali in order to win his maiden series as captain.India lost the first ODI in Dharamsala by a massive seven wickets, where the Indian batting line-up went through a dramatic collapse. However, led by captain Rohit, who created history by becoming the first batsman to score a third double ton in ODIs, India roared back to form in Mohali and levelled the series with a 141-run victory.Ahead of South Africa tour, India will look to keep up their dominant form at home that has seen them win every series since the defeat to South Africa in October 2015.On the contrary, if Sri Lanka pull off a win on Sunday, it will be their first bilateral ODI series win in India.If India’s past record at this venue is anything to go by, they have an excellent chance to keep their winning run going.The hosts have lost only one of the seven matches they have played at this ground and a generally unimpressive Sri Lanka will have to be at the top their game to get past the Indians here.Placed second in the ODI rankings, India will want Rohit to lead from the front and give the side a flying start. Along side the skipper, all eyes will be on fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan, who scored a brilliant half-century in the previous match to dominate the innings from the beginning.advertisementOne-down batsman Shreyas Iyer who scored his maiden ODI half-century in the previous match will only add strength to the formidable Indian batting line-up along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey .The bowling will, however, depend on new ball bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah. Wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal who bagged a three-wicket haul in the last match will be the key in the middle overs to provide crucial breaks and stem the flow of runs.For Sri Lanka, captain Thisara Perera will look to re-work his team’s strategies to help the visitors return to winning ways.Perera will also be a vital player in the bowling department along side Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal and Akila Dananjaya who have failed to trick the Indian batsmen and pick up key wickets.For the eighth ranked ODI side, the batting will heavily rely on experienced campaigners Upul Tharanga and Angelo Mathews. Sri Lanka will also hope Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella and Asela Gunaratne to get amongst runs.Squad:India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Ajinkya Rahane, Siddarth Kaul, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel.Sri Lanka: Thisara Perera (captain), Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Nuwan Pradeep, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Sachith Pathirana, Akila Dananjaya, Asela Gunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera, Dushmantha Chameera, Chaturanga de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama.