Forget the Maldives, you can soon hop aboard new age seaplanes in India

Forget the Maldives, you can soon hop aboard new age seaplanes in India

Think of seaplanes and it’s perhaps the Maldives that you think of; that is going to change very soon as India is on its way to introduce seaplanes for travellers on not just one but a whopping 16 routes. The first seaplane in India is slated to take off on October 31 this year, connecting Sabarmati riverfront to the Statue of Unity in Gujarat. The service is hailed as the first of its kind, and will involve a 19-seater seaplane that can accommodate up to 12 passengers at a time.

The initiation of this seaplane service is a part of Indian government’s UDAN scheme and is aimed to promote tourism in the country. UDAN is a regional airport development scheme initiated by the government to ease connectivity as well. It has been reported that planning in on to build more water aerodromes, which facilitate landing and take-off for the said seaplanes, at various places across the country; there are 10 such sites currently.
These 10 sites are spread across the country and include:

Statue of Unity, Gujarat

Shatrunjay Dam, Gujarat

Sabarmati Riverfront, Gujarat

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam, Telangana

Prakasam Barrage, Andhra Pradesh

Umrangsao Reservoir, Assam

Brahmputra Riverfront, Assam

Long Island, Andaman & Nicobar

Swaraj Dweep, Andaman & Nicobar

Shaheed Dweep, Andaman & Nicobar

The service is also expected in Uttarakhand on Yamuna to Tupper Dam stretch.

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