Last Updated: June 16, 2021, 0805hrs

On Tuesday the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways and Ministry of Civil Aviation signed an MoU to develop sea plane services in India.

This MoU envisages development of non-scheduled and scheduled operation of seaplane services within territorial jurisdiction of India.

While the shipping ministry will identify and develop water front infrastructure of aerodromes and obtain required statutory clearances  in coordination with ministry of corporate affairs, Directorate General Of Civil Aviation and Airports Authority of India by defining the timelines for all activities involved in the development of facilities for starting seaplanes operations, aviation authorities will carry out bidding and select operators under UDAN to operationalize those routes.

This ministry will also funds water aerodromes awarded under RCS-UDAN scheme, as well as coordinate with chief secretaries of all states for the seaplanes operations.

Presently, total of 28 seaplane routes and 14 water aerodromes in Gujarat, Assam, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar islands and Lakshadweep are in various stages of development at a cost of ₹450 crore.

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