The Gujarat Government will connect Ahmedabad City to the Statue of Unity through a seaplane service scheduled for this June. The Sardar Vallabhai Patel’s 182-meter tall Statue of Unity and Sardar Sarovar Dam in the Narmada district is the greatest tourist attraction. The seaplane benefit for visitors who visit the statue of unity is launched as part of the regional connectivity scheme UDAN. It is expected to boost tourism in India and Gujarat.
The seaplane, described as a 15-seater twin Otter 300 aircraft, Seaplanes are generally a fixed-wing airplane with a vastly fewer number of seats and can take off from and land on water. This service is operated by Spice jet Airlines. Seaplane makes two round trips every day between Ekta Nagar and Ahmedabad.
The first-ever seaplane services in Gujarat are to be inaugurated soon.
Seaplane’s service is to empower air connectivity from Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad to Statue of Unity in Ekta Nagar in Gujarat will soon be open to the public. So, now tourists who reach Gujarat from different portions of the world will soon have the option to fly in seaplanes.
Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the waterdrome at the Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Gujarat governor Acharya Devvrat, and Ahmedabad mayor Bijal Patel were present at the inauguration ceremony.
The Gujarat Government announced that the first-ever flight would provide seamless and affordable air connectivity from Ahmedabad to Statue of Unity. The seaplane service will cut the journey time between Ahmedabad and Ekta Nagar by approximately three hours. The seaplane will take time to just around one hour.
Enjoy the ride from Sabarmati riverfront to Ekta Nagar again from June 2022
The unique seaplane that will give aviation to a million imaginations made its way to Ekta Nagar near the Statue of Unity. The seaplane reached India from the Maldives and made a victorious landing inside Kochi’s Venduruthy lane for a transit break. The aircraft will arrive in Ahmedabad soon, where periodic flying operations will begin.
The government aims to restart seaplane operations soon. It will go through substantial trials in the next few days, all set to take off, starting from June 2022. Booking price for seaplane from Ahmedabad is ₹4,800 per person. Inquiries for the seaplane service are already being adopted, and the service is open to the public. Bookings can be made online for the time being and soon from ticket windows at both waterdromes. The aerial distance between Ahmedabad and Ekta Nagar is around 200 kilometres.
Gujarat Government Floats Tender
The state’s maiden and much-hyped seaplane service established a year ago are determined to aviate again, with the government coming up with a brand new scheme. The seaplane that brought its initial flight in October 2020 and was regulated by SpiceJet has been in the Maldives for maintenance for about a year.
The Gujarat government has now enticed companies afresh to empower seaplane services. It has drifted a tender for the benefit from Ahmedabad to statue of unity flight – a 45-minute journey – and persuaded nationwide and worldwide gatherings.
The last date for accepting the online bid is January 11, 2022; the Central government informed the Parliament that the operator halted the service from April 2021 referring to operational reasons. The elegant service, too, will be launched under the UDAN scheme.
A senior state aviation department official said that the government did not receive any positive response from the operator. The company provided particular justification each time when opposed by the Parliament. On the other hand, it gave either Covid or a technical reason for the unavailability of the plane; the service is scheduled to renew again but with a new operator. These will need the authorization of the Director-General of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Defence, and Airport Authority of India.
The program will lead to an improvement in the tourism and hotel industry at the local level. It will also fullfill employment for local people. The installation of water airports will boost recent social infrastructural facilities. During seaplane operations, there will be turbulence built in the water during the takeoff and landing of seaplanes. These will direct the mixing of oxygen in the water, which will give birth to a positive effect on the oceanic ecosystem near seaplane operations, increasing oxygen content and decreasing carbon content in this system.
The technique aims to build economically efficient flights on regional routes so that flying evolves affordable to ordinary people, even in small towns.