Sabarmati riverfront to see first Indian seaplane

The nation’s first seaplane service is slated to take off from Sabarmati on October 31. The seaplane will take off to the Statue of Unity in Gujarat. The low-cost carrier SpiceJet is in the process of getting a seaplane from Maldives for this venture. On October 26, the seaplane is expected to arrive for the first regular service on the stretch of about 205 kilometres. Before this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi used a seaplane flight from the Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad. As a part of the government’s UDAN scheme, SpiceJet will get the benefits. The service will give a huge boost to tourism after its launch.

With a 19-seater place, it will be one-of-its-kind service that can offer accommodation to almost 12 passengers. Earlier this year in the month of July, Gujarat state government had given clearance to a proposal to enter a tri-party agreement. The tri-party other members included AAI and Civil Aviation Ministry. The agreement was aimed at the construction of four water aerodromes under the seaplane services’ regional connectivity scheme. A water aerodrome or seaplane base is an open water area used by float planes, sea planes as well as amphibious aircraft for taking off and landing.

The water aerodrome was planned at Shetrunji dam at Palitana in Bhavnagar district, Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati riverfront, Sardar Sarovar dam at Kevadia in Narmada district, and Dhaori dam in Mehsana district. The government has identified 16 seaplanes in India. In this, Sabarmati and Sardar Sarovar- Statue of Unity route are included. After the unveiling of this service, consistent services are strategized on numerous routes including Guwahati in Assam, Andaman and Nicobar and Yamuna to Tupper Dam in the state of Uttarakhand.

Courtesy: Financial Express

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