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Andhra Pradesh to have water aerodromes

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Aug 12, 2018, 12:35 am IST
Updated Aug 12, 2018, 12:35 am IST
The proposal was cleared by Civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu.
Suresh Prabhu.
 Suresh Prabhu.

New Delhi: To promote operation of sea planes in the country, the government has given in-principle approval for construction of “water aerodromes”, with five states — Odisha, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Assam — being identified initially for the facility.  For the “first phase” of the project, Chilka Lake in Odisha and Sabarmati river front and Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat have been identified by the government. 

On Saturday, civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted, “In-principle approval has been given for the construction of water aerodromes in various states across the country. This move will promote tourism as well as connect places of religious importance.” The decision comes eight months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s high-profile seaplane flight on the Sabarmati river front in December last year. 

 

Mr Prabhu said, “The DGCA has issued regulations prescribing the procedure and requirement for licensing of water aerodromes. Since there is no historical data on market and also the demand from any airlines, the project will be done as a pilot project.” According to the DGCA, an entity seeking to set up a water aerodrome has to take approvals from various authorities, including the ministries of defence. 

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