During my last visit to the Maldives, I had an opportunity to enjoy the ride in a Sea Plane. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride and wished that even India would have the same as the one in the Maldives as the experience is beyond the words.
And as per the latest reports, India has also agreed to introduce Sea Plane services for travelers and the first Sea Plane is ready to take off on October 31 this year. The state of Gujarat would be the first place where Sea Plane services will begin and the first seaplane connects Sabarmati Riverfront to the Statue of Unity.
The service is being said that it is the first of its kind and it would be a 19-seater seaplane which will now accommodate around 12 passengers.
The introduction of Sea Plane is a part of the Indian Government UDAN scheme to promote tourism in the country. UDAN is a regional airport development scheme initiated by the government to ease connectivity as well. And reportedly, India would have 16 such seaplane routes and are building a water aerodrome to facilitate landing and take-off for the seaplanes.
The proposed 10 routes where Sea Plane routes will begin 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
Additionally, the service is also expected in Uttarakhand and Yamuna to Upper Dam stretch which we are yet to get additional details.