The government is within the course of to launch seaplane providers on a number of routes, together with Delhi-Ayodhya, in collaboration with the airline operators, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways stated on Monday. The growth follows the launch of a seaplane service between Kevadia and Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31, 2020.
The seaplane services to facilitate faster and hassle-free travel across the country will prove to be a game-changer, it said. "Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) is initiating the process of commencing operations of the Seaplane services, on the select routes, under a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) framework through prospective airline operators," an official statement said.
The project execution and implementation would be through Sagarmala Development Company Ltd (SDCL), which is under the administrative control of the ministry. Several destinations are envisaged for seaplane operations, it said. "The proposed Origin-Destination pairs under Hub and Spoke model include various islands of Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep, Guwahati Riverfront & Umranso Reservoir in Assam, Yamuna Riverfront / Delhi to Ayodhaya, Tehri, Srinagar (Uttrakhand), Chandigarh and many other tourist places...," the statement said.