India

Nod to water aerodromes paves way for seaplanes

In first phase, these facilities will be set up at Odisha's Chilika Lake, and two places in Gujarat.

New Delhi: The civil aviation ministry has approved a proposal for setting up of water aerodromes in the country, with Chilika Lake in Odisha, and Sardar Sarovar Dam and Sabarmati River Front in Gujarat, being identified in the first phase for development of such facilities, an official said on Saturday.

The proposal was cleared by civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu on Friday.

The project will be done as a pilot project, an official said. In October last year, no-frills carrier SpiceJet had unveiled plans to buy over 100 amphibian planes, estimated to cost $400 million.

What does the development mean?

  • The development would pave the way for operation of amphibian planes (both in land and water) to enhance air connectivity.
  • Under the proposal, water aerodromes would be set up, near locations of tourist and religious importance.
  • The Airports Authority of India has already identified the sites in Odisha, Gujarat, Assam, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, where water aerodromes would be developed.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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