NEW DELHI: You could soon be boarding a seaplane from the Yamuna riverfront to Ayodhya or from Mumbai to Shirdi for a pilgrimage, if the federal government has its way. The transport and waterways ministry has issued an expression of desire (EoI) for the Sagarmala Seaplane Services (SSPS) for possessing this services to link quite a few places like — Delhi’s Yamuna riverfront and Ayodhya, Tehri, Srinagar (Uttarakhand) and Chandigarh Mumbai to Shirdi, Lonavala and Ganpatipule Surat to Dwarka, Mandvi and Kandla and inside the archipelagos of Andaman and Nicobar and Laskhadweep.
The ministry has sought response to the bold job from interested operators by January 22, 2021, for forming a exclusive function auto (SPV) with Sagarmala Growth Business Minimal (SDCL) to undertake joint advancement and procedure of SSPS. It says the EOI’s objective is to “gauge the fascination of the various organizations in this job.”
“The SPV will be involved in advancement and operation of requisite landside and waterside infrastructure (such as floating jetties, seaplane parking house and facility for maintenance of seaplanes, ready area, protection, basic safety devices) and procurement / lease and procedure of seaplanes. SPV will run the sea plane from waterdrome on both equally finishes. This is to stay away from the significant price of terminal constructing and runway,” the EOI states.
The routes may well be operated less than the government’s subsidised ude desh ka aam nagrik (UDAN) plan. The ministry ideas to use a hub and spoke product for this job. To get started with, the routes that could be operationalised if the project requires off correctly are:
* From Delhi hub to Tehri to Srinagar in Uttarakhand and from there further on to Badrinath and/or Kedarnath to Chandigarh and from there to Dalhousie and other places in Punjab and Himachal.
* From Mumbai hub to Shirdi, Ganpatipule, Lonavala and other locations of vacationer curiosity.
* From Surat hub to Dwarka, Mandvi and Kandla.
At the instant, there is only a single seaplane service operational in India — amongst Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati riverfront and the Statue of Unity in Kevadia — that as inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Oct 31, 2020, the delivery anniversary of Sardar Patel. SpiceJet’s subsidiary, Spice Shuttle, makes use of a 15-seater Twin Otter 300 plane that has been moist-leased from Maldivian Aero, Maldives’ national airline. SpiceJet has received 18 seaplane routes underneath UDAN.