Assam to Meghalaya
SHILLONG: In an effort to promote tourism, the Civil Aviation Ministry has given its nod to a seaplane service from Assam to Meghalaya. The service will be from the Brahmaputra River in Guwahati to the Umiam River in Shillong.
Shillong MP Vincent Pala informed the media that the Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu approved the proposal after he had taken up the proposal with the Union Minister.
A seaplane is a powered fixed-wing aircraft capable of taking off and landing (alighting) on water. Seaplanes that can also take off and land on airfields are in a subclass called amphibious aircraft.
India’s first water aerodromes are slated to come up in Chilika Lake in Odisha, Sardar Sarovar Dam and Sabarmati River Front in Gujarat.
Sites in Odisha, Gujarat, Assam, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh have been identified by the Airports Authority of India for water aerodromes. The aerodromes would be set up near tourist spots and locations of religious importance as per the proposal.
It may be mentioned that the Northeast region was among the priority areas to be brought under the regional connectivity scheme (RCS), also known as the ‘Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik’ (UDAN) during the second round of bidding that was concluded in January 2018.
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