Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Seaplane service in India: Govt eyes creation of pan-India network with airlines; Check routes, key details

New Delhi: In a major boost to easier connectivity to remote locations and tourism, Narendra Modi govt is initiating the process to launch seaplane services on several routes across India. The ambitious project will be carried out under a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) framework through prospective airline operators. Sagarmala Development Company Ltd (SDCL) under the aegis of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways will execute and implement the project, the Central government said in a statement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31, 2020, already launched a seaplane service between Kevadia and Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad. With a goal to operate more such services in the coastal areas or proximity to water bodies, SDCL is planning to associate with the interested scheduled or non-scheduled airline operators.

There are several destinations that are envisaged for seaplane operations. The proposed Origin-Destination pairs under Hub and Spoke model include several islands of Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep, Guwahati Riverfront, and Umranso Reservoir in Assam. Yamuna Riverfront in Delhi as a hub will get seaplane connectivity to Ayodhaya, Tehri, Srinagar (Uttrakhand), Chandigarh, and many other tourist places of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh will have such services. Mumbai as a hub will be seaplane connectivity to Shirdi, Lonavala, Ganpatipule. Surat as a hub will have seaplane services to Dwarka, Mandvi, and Kandla. Seaplane services will be in Khindsi Dam, Nagpur and Erai Dam, Chandrapur in Maharashtra, as per details shared by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.

05/01/2 Debjit Sinha/Financial Express

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