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Seaplane: Ahmedabad to Statue of Unity service for tourists from early November with 4 daily flights

VADODARA: Tourists would soon be able to get an aerial view of the world’s tallest statue in <!-- -->Kevadia colony<!-- --> of <!-- -->Narmada district<!-- -->. <br/>The seaplane service between Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad to the Statue of Unity (SoU) will begin in early November. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to inaugurate the service on October 31 during his visit to the SoU for celebrating the birth anniversary of India’s first home minister Sardar Patel.

“The seaplane will become operational for tourists in early November. The first test flight of the plane was successfully completed on Monday,” said Rajiv Gupta, managing director, Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNNL).

The plane took off from Maldives on Sunday and reached Goa before landing at Kevadia in Narmada district.

The plane will carry 14 passengers and fly four times between Ahmedabad and Kevadia every day taking 45 minutes for a single journey. “Tourists will get an aerial view of SoU during the flight,” Gupta told TOI. He also tweeted a video of SoU’s aerial view that was taken from the seaplane on Monday.

All arrangements have been made at Sabarmati Riverfront and the Lake 3 in Kevadia where the plane will land. Terminals built for the seaplane will have all the amenities including ticketing and other services. The plane will be operated by a private airline and once operational, tourists will be able to visit SoU and return to Ahmedabad within a day. It is expected to further boost the footfall at the SoU that has already become one of the most popular tourist spots in the country.

Landing area

  • * The location near Ambedkar Bridge on the western bank of Sabarmati Riverfront has been chosen for the seaplane landing. A jetty has been prepared.
  • * The project is being executed as a tripartite agreement between the state government, Union ministry of civil aviation and the Airports Authority of India (AAI)
  • * The service will be operated by low-cost carrier, SpiceJet, with four flights a day including four arrivals and departures each. The ticket price would be around Rs 4,800 per person 
  • * The other two spots for aerodrome development are at Shetrunjay dam in Palitana and Dharoi dam in Mehsana.
  • * The release will benefit farmers in the downstream as they would have regular water flow.

Water level monitoring

A minimum water level of 7 feet is a prerequisite for the waterdrome. Till date, the water level at the Sabarmati Riverfront was being monitored by the state irrigation department and AMC. Once the waterdromes are operational, AAI will be monitoring these water levels. In fact, sources confirmed that the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) has agreed that supply of Narmada water will be ensured to maintain the required water depth.

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