Flying high: First ever sea-plane flies in India today, PM Modi becomes 1st passenger

Flying high: First ever sea-plane flies in India today, PM Modi becomes 1st passenger

His return journey would also be by the same sea-plane.

By: || Updated: 12 Dec 2017 11:26 AM

Narendra Modi in sea-place (Image: ANI)

Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today traveled in a sea-plane from Sabarmati river in the
city to Dharoi dam in Mehsana district, the first-ever flight by such a craft in the country.

His return journey would also be by the same sea-plane.

"Tomorrow for the first time in the history of the country a sea-plane will land on the Sabarmati river. I will go to Ambaji in the sea-plane after landing in Dharoi dam and come back," Modi announced at a poll rally here.



"Our party had planned my road show tomorrow. However, the administration has not given permission and I had time so I decided to go to Ambaji in the sea-plane," Modi said on Monday.

"We cannot have airports everywhere, so our government has planned to have these sea-planes," Modi said.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said this is for the first time in the history of the country that a sea-plane will land on a water body and that will be the Sabarmati river.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel in the plane from here to Dharoi. He will visit Ambaji temple and come back from Dharoi to Sabarmati in the same plane," Rupani said.




Kerala Seaplane service:

Earlier, Kerala state also tried to start sea-plane service as a commercial venture promoted by Kerala Tourism Infrastructure Limited. It was launched on 2 June 2013 at Kollam with the inaugural flight being operated by Kairali Aviation.

However, commercial operations of Kerala Seaplane service could not start due to opposition from the local fishing community.

(With PTI inputs)

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