Monday, August 13, 2018

Five spots in Gujarat 'feasible' for seaplane project

Five popular spots in Gujarat are 'feasible' for seaplane projects, said a report by Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Sunday.
If everything goes smoothly, the seaplanes will start from Sabarmati riverfront, from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in 2017, had a stint on a seaplane, leaving the country mesmerised. Modi was widely criticised for using the seaplane as an election stint. The aviation experts, however, have now promptly sent a technical team last June to study the feasibility of the programme.
Sabarmati riverfront, Sardar Patel dam, Dharoi dam to cononect Ambaji, Palitana and Tapi have been recognized to develop water aerodromes. AAI will soon get on the task of looking into the nitty-gritty details.
Nearly 800 to 900 metres of space will be required for a plane to land in water.
"As per new notification of DGCA, commercial airlines need to have a twin engine if they want to operate. Whereas, the charter service can run on single engine. We have found eight sites in India, including five in Gujarat, as feasible to start seaplane project," AAI Chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra said.
13/08/18 Tanushree Bhatia/DNA