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Brace yourselves, Fly to Statue of Unity! 1st ever sea-plane services to start off in Gujarat

Vishnu Vasisht

Gujarat Sea-plane

Gujarat is going to get a new gift on October 31. The sea-plane service is scheduled to begin between the Ahmedabad-based Sabarmati Riverfront and the Statue of Unity in Kevadia, which will be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On the special occasion of National Unity Day, PM Narendra Modi will go to Gujarat, during this time, he will travel from the Statue of Unity to Sabarmati Riverfront by sea-plane. This will be the first sea-plane service in the country.

The 19-seater sea-plane will fly 4 times every day. Its fare has been kept at Rs 4,800 rupees per person. Sea-Plane will land in the lake number 3 of Sardar Sarovar Dam.

On October 25, The Twin Otter 300 seaplane of SpiceJet Technic took off from Male, Maldives & made a successful landing inside Venduruthy channel at Kochi, Kerala for a technical halt. The seaplane will be able to accommodate 12 passengers.

Dream Project

The Sea-Plane Project is counted in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Dream Project. It was started by the PM during the 2017 assembly elections, but now it has been linked to the Statue of Unity. Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya says that the airline provider SpiceJet has bought the seaplane from Maldives for this. This seaplane will provide service on the route of about 250 km. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi once flew from Sabarmati RiverFront to Ahmedabad via seaplane.

The sea-plane reached Kochi from Maldives on the previous day, after which it has now come to Gujarat. Its initial service will remain between Kevadia to Ahmedabad. For the last few days, the work of constructing a jetty for the sea plane was going on in Ahmedabad and Kevadia and all other preparations were being made.

The Gujarat government in July this year approved a proposal in a tripartite agreement with the Union Civil Aviation Ministry and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for the construction of four water aerodromes as part of the regional connectivity scheme for sea-plane service.

A water aerodrome or seaplane base is an area of ​​open water used for landing and take off by seaplanes. Water aerodrome was planned at Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad, Sardar Sarovar Dam at Kevadia in Narmada District, Shetrunji Dam at Palitana in Bhavnagar District and Dhauri Dam in Mehsana District.

The Sabarmati and Sardar Sarovar-Statue of Unity routes are among the 16 seaplane routes identified in the country. According to the government, hydrographic surveys of this route were completed. According to Mandaviya, after the launch of this service regular service has been planned on various routes including Guwahati, Andaman Nicobar and Yamuna to Tupper Dam in Uttarakhand.

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