Wednesday, June 24, 2020

First seaplane service may start in Gujarat in October

New Delhi: The shipping ministry has set the October 2020 deadline for operationalization of seaplane service on Sabarmati and Sardar Sarovar (Statue of Unity) route in Gujarat. For expeditious implementation, the government is also looking at adopting the Maldives model of infrastructure development, sources said.
While reviewing the seaplane projects on Tuesday, shipping minister Mansukh Mandaviya told officials and other stakeholders that the operation in Gujarat should start by Dussehra. Aviation major, Spicejet, is keen to operate the seaplanes on this route.
Sources said though consultation with tour operators had found that Delhi-Badrinath route was the most attractive because of huge savings of travel time, it was not found technically viable considering the high current of river Alaknanda.
Shipping ministry, in an official statement, said while Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) will manage seaplane projects in inland waterways, the Sagarmala Development Company (SDCL) will manage these projects in coastal areas. Both the agencies will coordinate with the shipping and tourism ministries and civil aviation regulator DGCA as well.
Sources said that the IWAI told the ministry that the indicative hydrographic survey report of the Sabarmati and Sardar Sarovar (Statue of Unity) route will be available in the next three weeks. The final report will be ready by September.
23/06/20 Dipak K Dash/Times of India
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