Bored of the conventional route of taking an airplane to reach your destination? Then this news might lift your mood. Now you could take a seaplane instead of an airplane to travel. Yes, you read that right! As per reports, Yamuna riverfront in Delhi is all set to begin seaplane services soon. Also Read - Uttarakhand Geared Up to Play Host to First-ever Snow Leopard Tours, All You Need to Know
Now you can take a seaplane from Yamuna riverfront to Ayodhya or from Mumbai to Shirdi for a pilgrimage. The Union Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways have sought information in detail from interested companies on the subject. Also Read - Head To Uttarakhand’s Mini Switzerland, Chopta, To Beat January Blues
The Ministry said the services of seaplane will be added to the nearby states of Delhi. According to Sagarmala Development Company Limited (SDCL), Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh and Tehri and Srinagar in Uttarakhand can be included in the seaplane route. Also Read - Khirsu: A Hidden Gem of Uttarakhand, Know The Places in And Around The Hill Station to Visit
“SDCL is desirous of associating with companies in the aviation sector (applicants) having experience of operating aircraft on a commercial basis. SDCL plans to form SPVs with such companies to jointly identify hubs / origins-destinations, procure all clearances and approvals, develop land-side facilities/waterfront facilities, procure/lease seaplanes and develop and operate seaplane and facilities on the commercially and financially viable basis,” Shipping and Waterways Ministry said.
As of now, the Ministry has suggested Delhi be made a hub for the seaplane services which will connect Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Chandigarh from three states/UT. It will further connect from Srinagar in (UK) to Kedarnath/Badrinath and from Chandigarh to part of Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, and some places in Punjab.
“To start with through this SPV, SDCL intends to commence commercial operations on the following hubs and spokes subject to the technical and financial feasibility of the routes (O-D pairs),” the Shipping and Waterways Ministry said. The Ministry further said that these above routes may be part of the UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) scheme.
(With inputs from ANI)