Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the country’s first seaplane service between the Statue of Unity near Kevadiya in Gujarat’s Narmada district and Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad. He travelled in the maiden flight of the twin-engine plane from pond-3 close to Sardar Sarovar Dam and landed at Sabarmati riverfront where a water aerodrome has been set up.
About the seaplane service:
- The 19-seater seaplane will be managed by private airline SpiceJet.
- The service will cover the 200km distance between Sabarmati and Kevadia, in just 45 minutes by flight, which usually takes 4 hours.
- The flight will be able to accommodate 12 passengers and tickets will cost Rs 4,800 per person.`
- There will be four flights a day between Ahmedabad and Kevadia on each side, which means four arrivals and four departures.