Uttarakhand News

Cost-effective seaplane services to start soon in Uttarakhand

The Union government is contemplating the decision for seaplane flights from lakes and rivers in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand. Union Surface Transport minister Nitin Gadkari met Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Rawat on Tuesday in New Delhi to discuss the possibility of improving transportation with the help of seaplanes, which are considered future of the transport sector due to their cost-effective operation model. Waterways in India have never been utilized to its full potential.

What is a seaplane?

A seaplane is an amphibious aircraft that can land and take off from water as well as land. These planes can land land on the  lakes with only one feet water, which is quite remarkable. They may operate on a charter basis, provide scheduled service, or be operated by residents of the area for private, personal use. Uttarakhand CM believes Tehri lake reservoir, Naini lake and some rivers in the state are ideal for seaplane services.

CM puts forth request for improvement of roads in Uttarakhand

CM Trivendra Rawat while on his visit to Delhi put forth number of requests regarding the improvement of roads in the hill state. An additional fund of Rs. 153 crore from Central Road Fund for Uttarakhand roads was agreed, CM Rawat said. Gadkari also assured Rs. 600 crore as special assistance from the same fund in addition to Rs. 600 crore under CSR for Uttarakhand.  The issue of 33 stalled hydel power projects in Uttarakhand was also put forward by the chief minister.

Inputs from Daily Pioneer