Yes, you read that right! As per reports, Yamuna riverfront in Delhi is all set to begin seaplane services soon.
If everything goes as planned, travelling from the Yamuna riverfront to Ayodhya or from Mumbai to Shirdi for a pilgrimage via seaplane would soon become possible.
As per the latest news reports, the Sagarmala Development Company (SDCL) under the Shipping and Waterways Ministry recently issued an Expression of Interest (EoI) for seaplane services on the said seaplane routes, such as
- Delhi to Ayodhya, Tehri, Uttarakhand, and Chandigarh;
- Surat to Dwarka, Mandvi and Kandla;
- Mumbai to Shirdi, Lonavala, and Ganpatipule;
- and Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep.
However, 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.
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