Ministry of Ports,
Shipping and Waterways is to initiate Seaplane services on select routes
through a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) involving airline operators and the
implementation of the project will be carried out through Sagarmala Development
Company Ltd (SDCL) according to a release.
Origin-destination pairs proposed
destinations are envisaged for seaplane operations. The proposed
origin-destination pairs under hub-and-spoke model include various islands of
Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep, Guwahati Riverfront and Umranso
Reservoir in Assam, Yamuna Riverfront / Delhi (as Hub) to Ayodhaya, Tehri, Srinagar
(Uttarakhand), Chandigarh and other tourist places of Punjab and Himachal
Pradesh; Mumbai (as Hub) to Shirdi, Lonavala, Ganpatipule; Surat (as Hub) to
Dwarka, Mandvi and Kandla; Khindsi Dam, Nagpur and Erai Dam, Chandrapur (in
Maharashtra) and/or any other hub and spoke suggested by the operator, it
Service is already in operation between Kevadia and Sabarmati Riverfront in
To run more such
services in the coastal areas or proximity to water bodies, SDCL is keen to
associate with the interested scheduled/non-scheduled airline operators.
SSPS thru SPV
The joint development and operation of
“Sagarmala Seaplane Services (SSPS)” will be undertaken by forming a Special
Purpose Vehicle (SPV) with SDCL, added the release.
promotes seaplanes as they add strength to their goal of harnessing waterways
for country’s progress; additionally, they may prove very effective tools for
developing tourism in the region. Pleasure and prosperity go together in the
use of seaplanes.