Sunday, December 16, 2018

Nagarjunasagar may get water aerodrome facility

Hyderabad: The Union ministry of civil aviation has identified Nagarjunasagar as one of the 10 locations for setting up water aerodromes, as part of Phase 3 of UDAN, a regional airport development scheme.

Minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha informed the Rajya Sabha that the water aerodromes were chosen based on a pre-feasibility study carried out by a multi-disciplinary team of Airports Authority of India.

A water is an area of open water where seaplanes or can land and take off.

The ministry will call for bids for water aerodromes under the 3rd round of Regional Connectivity Scheme. Apart from Nagarjunasagar, sites include Statue of Unity at Sardar Sarovar Dam, Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad and two more sites in Gujarat, two in Assam, two in Maharashtra and one in Uttarakhand.

An airstrip already exists in Nagarjunasagar on the Guntur side since 1955, when it was developed during the dam construction.
It is now unused and efforts to revive it has remained on paper for years. The AP government wanted to develop the area for tourism purposes, but it is yet to fructify.
16/12/18 Edward Rupert/Moveefy

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