Sea plane will revolutionise the transport sector of the country says Gadkari

Vastavam web: Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled in India’s first sea-plane, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said this mode will revolutionise the transport sector of the country.Modi flew this morning in a sea-plane from the Sabarmati River to Dharoi Dam in Mehsana district on the last day of campaigning for the Gujarat Assembly elections.It has nothing to do with the Gujarat elections, said Gadkari, who was onboard a sea-plane during its trial run at the Girgaum Chowpatty off the Mumbai coast on December 9.

Gandhi, earlier in the day, took a jibe at Modi over his sea-plane ride and said it was a distraction from the main issues of Gujarat.Gadkari said his ministry and Civil Aviation ministry will frame rules for such form of transport on the lines of regulations in Canada, America and Japan.He said India has over five lakh waterbodies, out of which 111 rivers have been converted to inland waterways and will be used for transportation in the first phase.Gadkari said such mode of transport would be made available wherever possible in the country, including Uttarakhand and the Himalayan region.

Citing example, he said it was also possible that people could use sea-plane to go from Jaipur lake to Udaipur lake in Rajasthan.Budget carrier SpiceJet, which plans to buy more than 100 amphibian aircraft at an estimated cost of USD 400 million, had conducted the sea-plane trials at the Girgaum Chowpatty off the Mumbai coast on December 9.Rawat, after about a two-hour meeting with Gadkari, said Uttarakhand has a huge potential for sea-plane mode of transport as the hill state has various big water bodies like Tehri and Nainital lakes.

He said various projects, including those related to Char Dham all weather road, converting state highways to national highways and Namami Gange projects, were discussed with the Union minister.