Saturday, January 26, 2019

Aerodrome infra for seaplanes to be ready in 6 to 8 months, says government

In about six months' time, travelling to Statue of Unity and Nagarjuna Sagar would be possible via seaplane as the Centre has approved six aerodromes across India under the third phase of UDAN, it's regional connectivity scheme.
Announcing the routes on January 25, the Ministry of Civil Aviation revealed six water aerodrome sights suitable for seaplanes. These include Guwahati River Front, Nagarjuna Sagar, Sabarmati River Front, Shatrunjay Dam, Statue of Unity and Umrangso Reservoir.
"Waterdromes are the beginning of newer ways of flying... For places where there was no place to build airports (due to lack of availability of land), we can now land of water," Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, said.
The Centre had proposed a total of 13 sights to build waterdromes, of which only six could be awarded.
The other areas have been kept aside for consideration and "are at documentation stage", another senior official from the aviation ministry told Moneycontrol. These sights are Tehri Dam (Uttarakhand), Erai Dam (Maharashtra) and Khindsi Dam (Maharashtra).
"If these sights are considered suitable at a later stage, we will award them as well," the official said.
The infrastructure for aerodromes, according to the government, will be ready in six to eight months.
"The infrastructure for all the waterdromes, under the RCS scheme, will be provided by the Airports Authority of India (AAI)," said Aviation Secretary, R N Choubey adding, "we expect that between six to eight months time, we will be in a position to make it functional".
26/01/19 Nikita Vashisht/