Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a water aerodrome at Kevadia and the sea-plane service connecting the site of the world’s tallest statue, the Statue of Unity, with Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad on Saturday.
The prime minister also inaugurated the water aerodrome in Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad and the seaplane service from Sabarmati Riverfront to Kevadia. The inauguration of the water aerodromes is part of a series of similar facilities for the last mile air connectivity.
Seaplanes have the ability to land and take-off from water thus offering access to areas that do not have landing strips or runways. They can, therefore, help in connecting the geographies and regions that have challenges owing to its topography and bring the remotest parts of India into the mainstream aviation network without the high cost of building airports and runways. Given their ability to land on water bodies like lakes, backwaters and dams, gravel and grass, these smaller fixed-wing airplanes offer and easy access to numerous tourist spots as well.