First Seaplane service to Statue of Unity to be inaugurated by PM Modi on Oct 31st

PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate the first-ever seaplane service from the Sabarmati Riverfront to the Statue of Unity on October 31, marking the 146th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The service is aimed at providing “seamless and affordable air connectivity from Sabarmati Riverfront, Ahmedabad to the Statue of Unity, Kevadia.’’ The inaugural journey will take place from the Riverfront to the Kevadia Colony in Narmada district where the statue is housed.

The Twin Otter 300 seaplane has been sourced from Male, Maldives and will be operated by SpiceJet. It can seat 15 passengers and will cover a distance of 200 km in 45 minutes. Tickets have been priced at INR 4,800/- per person, however, under the UDAN scheme, these can be purchased for INR 1,500/-. SpiceJet will operate two such flights daily.

Dr Rajiv Kumar Gupta, Additional Chief Secretary (Forest & Environment Dept), tweeted “Regular seaplane service, 4 times a day will connect 2 great & visionary projects given by Hon’ble Prime Minister to the nation —Sabarmati River Front & #StatueOfUnity. A gigantic leap in making Kevadia a truly international tourist spot.”

In the meanwhile, the Statue of Unity will be closed for tourists until the PM’s visit on October 31. The PM is also scheduled to inaugurate a jetty service, a water aerodrome connecting Kevadia to Sabarmati Riverfront, a children’s nutrition park, Kevadia Zoological Park and jungle safari during his visit.