Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Narmada Dam site identified as possible seaplane terminal

Vadodara: In a run-up to the inauguration of the Statue of Unity, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) and the Department of Civil Aviation are exploring all possibilities of launching the seaplane service in the state that has been promised by the Narendra Modi-led NDA government ever since Modi rode a seaplane ride from Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad to Dharoi Dam in Ambaji as part of his campaign for the Gujarat Assembly polls in December, 2017.
A feasibility report prepared by the authorities has identified a spot on the premises of the Narmada Dam where the seaplane will land whenever the service takes off.Ahmedabad
According to officials of Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNNL), a multi-level committee comprising of officials from the aviation department as well as private jet operators visited the site of Pond 3 in Narmada in early July to survey it as a possible seaplane terminal. The rock-filled pond is officially named Panchmuli Lake and popularly called the ‘Magar Talav’ as it is infested with crocodiles. The site was finalized a few weeks later as its dimensions suit the requirements of landing the seaplane, which requires a minimum width of 900 meters in a water body with a depth of at least six feet.
An official of SSNNL said, “When the civil aviation department approached the SSNNL for the project, we recommended Pond 3 to them as it has a vast body and is perfect for landing seaplanes. The team also liked the site. The aviation department will take care of the operations and the other aspects of the project.” The Narmada Dam premises have four scenic lakes in total between Sardar Sarovar and the Main Canal head regulator, namely Vadgam Lake (Pond 1), Baharfalia Lake (Pond 2), Panchmuli Lake (Pond 3) and Khalvani Lake (Pond 4).
02/10/18 Aditi Raja/Indian Express

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