Monday, October 02, 2017

Fancy tourist projects fail to take off

Panaji: Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) has been unable to start its amphibious bus service - vehicles that operate on sea and land - due to lack of permissions, while its ambitious seaplane service hasn't been able to takeoff as it has not been able to find a pilot in India with experience of 500 flying hours.
GTDC chairman Nilesh Cabral said, "They selected a new operator, Supreme Transport Organisation Pvt Ltd, to operate the service but it is not in a position to start flying for want of a pilot that meets Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) guidelines."
"The operator has the plane but there is no pilot with the required flying hours," said Cabral adding the crux of the problem is that there is no seaplane service anywhere in India. So pilots with 500 hours of flying hours are not available.
The option available is hiring services of pilots from other countries but they demand salary of Rs 2 to 3 lakh. "Our operation will not be economically viable if we pay that high salaries to the pilots," said Cabral. He said he would request chief minister Manohar Parrikar to intervene and get DGCA to give some relaxation to Goa.
02/10/17 Times of India

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