Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Seaplane project crash lands; Kerala government orders asset redeployment

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala’s dream to have an exhilarating ride and water landing over the backwaters of the state in a seaplane has finally crash landed with the state government deciding to hand over the equipment and facilities set up for the project to Kannur International Airport Limited (KIAL) and DoT and DTPC, signalling the end of the seaplane project which was conceived to give a boost to the tourism sector in the state.

This comes at a time when the aviation regulator DGCA last week issued licensing norms for setting up water aerodromes facilities. A day after the development, the Odisha government has directed its tourism department to cooperate with SpiceJet Limited and Airport Authority of India (AAI) and explore the possibility of introducing sea plane services in Odisha.

According to a government order, the state government gave the sanction to redeploy the facilities including waterdrome, houseboat, speed boats, floating jetty, channel marking buoys, X-ray machines, hand held metal detectors, door frame metal detectors, VHF equipment, communication systems, fire fighting equipment, wind direction indicators, explosive detection kits, explosive vapour detectors etc to various institutions including KIAL, DTPC Kollam, and DoT.
03/07/18 Dhinesh Kallungal/New Indian Express