Think of seaplanes and you don’t have to think of Maldives anymore because the same maaza is now available in India too.
In an attempt to boost tourism in the state of Gujarat and across the country, the BJP government has announced seaplane service in not just one but as many as 16 routes across India.
The first seaplane service is slated to begin on 31 October connecting the Sabarmati riverfront and Statue of Unity together.
The first of its kind service is the result of the collaboration between the Indian government and Spicejet to operate 19-seater seaplanes with an accommodation strength of 12 passengers at a time.
Other locations where seaplanes would be operated are:
- Statue of Unity, Gujarat
- Shatrunjay Dam, Gujarat
- Sabarmati Riverfront, Gujarat
- Nagarjuna Sagar Dam, Telangana
- Prakasam Barrage, Andhra Pradesh
- Umrangsao Reservoir, Assam
- Brahmputra Riverfront, Assam
- Long Island, Andaman & Nicobar
- Swaraj Dweep, Andaman & Nicobar
- Shaheed Dweep, Andaman & Nicobar
Besides the seaplane service, PM Modi, recently, also inaugurated Asia’s longest cable car ropeway in Girnar, Gujarat. The 2.3 km temple ropeway will allow pilgrims easy and fast access to Mount Girnar which is a major pilgrim site in the state.
The pilgrim site is celebrated for its presence of shrines like the Amba temple, the Dattatreya shrine, and many other Hindu as well as several Jain temples.
Girnar ropeway hangs at a height of 900-metre above the ground and offers magnificent views of Girnar Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park.