On my last visit to the Maldives, I had the opportunity to enjoy the ride in a seaplane. I really enjoyed the ride and wished that even India would have the same as the Maldives as the experience is indescribable.
And according to the latest reports, India has also agreed to launch Sea Plane services for travelers, and the first Sea Plane will be ready to go on October 31 this year. The state of Gujarat would be the first place for seaplane services to begin and the first seaplane to link the Sabarmati river bank to the statue of the unity.
The service is said to be the first of its kind and it would be a 19-seat seaplane that will now accommodate around 12 passengers.
The launch of Sea Plane is part of the Government of India’s UDAN program to promote tourism in the country. UDAN is a regional airport development program that was initiated by the government to simplify connectivity as well. India reportedly has 16 such seaplane routes and is building a seaplane base to facilitate the landing and take-off of the seaplanes.
The suggested 10 routes on which Sea Plane routes start in the country are:
- Statue of Unity, Gujarat
- Shatrunjay Dam, Gujarat
- Sabarmati Riverfront, Gujarat
- Nagarjuna SagarDam, Telangana
- Prakasam Barrage, Andhra Pradesh
- Umrangsao Reservoir, Assam
- Brahmputra Riverfront, Assam
- Long Island, Andaman & Nicobar
- Swaraj Dweep, Andaman & Nicobar
- Shaheed Dweep, Andaman & Nicobar
In addition, service is also expected in Uttarakhand and Yamuna up to the Upper Dam, for which we have not yet received any further details.
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