Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Sea-plane will revolutionise transport sector: Nitin Gadkari

Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled in India's first sea-plane, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said this mode will revolutionise the transport sector of the country.

Modi flew this morning in a sea-plane from the Sabarmati River to Dharoi Dam in Mehsana district on the last day of campaigning for the Gujarat Assembly elections.

"The prime minister can choose any mode of transportation. It is a moment of pride for us that he chose it for trial run. (Congress president-elect) Rahul Gandhi wants, he can use it," road transport & highways, shipping minister said.

Gandhi, earlier in the day, took a jibe at Modi over his sea-plane ride and said it was a distraction from the main issues of Gujarat.
Gadkari said his ministry and Civil Aviation ministry will frame rules for such form of transport on the lines of regulations in Canada, America and Japan.

He said India has over five lakh waterbodies, out of which 111 rivers have been converted to inland waterways and will be used for transportation in the first phase.
Highlighting the features of sea-planes, the minister said it could even land on one foot deep water body and is also cheaper as 12-seater such planes cost Rs 12-13 crore.
12/12/17 PTI/Economic Times