The first of the five seaplane services in Gujarat, connecting Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad to the Statue of Unity in Kevadia in Narmada district, will be inaugurated on October 31, the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to fly in the first 14-seater amphibian flight that will eventually be open to the public. The other spots are, Dharoi dam in Mehsana district, to connect Ambaji and Shatrunjay dam.
Construction of the terminals at both ends is almost complete
Construction of the terminals at both ends is almost complete with prefabricated structures and a complete glass facade. From the proposed terminal building, the passengers will use a 3-metre long aluminum gangway, hop on to the floating walkway and reach the docking pad of the sea plane.
There will be four flights a day between Ahmedabad and Kevadia on each side — which means four arrivals and four departures. The ticket price per person will be about Rs.4,800. Anyone wishing to cut down on their travel time between Ahmedabad and Kevadia which currently takes about four hours one way, can do so by turning it into a day’s trip.
The journey by seaplane will be about one hour
Return tickets can be booked on the seaplane to ensure that the passengers can return to Ahmedabad from Kevadia during the day. The journey by seaplane will be about one hour,” the official said. Fuelling and maintenance of the seaplanes will be carried out at the Ahmedabad airport.