India is all set to get its own water aerodromes, with the first ones in the country making their appearance at Chilika Lake in Odisha, Sardar Sarovar Dam and Sabarmati River Front in Gujarat. According to an official, the Civil Aviation Ministry has approved the proposal for setting up of water aerodromes. The proposal was cleared by Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu.
What is a water aerodrome?
A water aerodrome is an area of open water which is used by seaplanes or amphibious planes for landing and takeoff. A water aerodrome usually consists of a terminal building on land where the plane can choose to dock like a ship.
Why are water aerodromes being built in India?
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued regulations which prescribe procedures and requirements for licensing of water aerodromes. This will significantly enhance air connectivity in the country through the introduction of amphibious planes in the country (amphibious planes are those which can operate both in land and water).
This is a pilot project because there has not been any such demand from airlines so far, said a ministry official.
Where will the water aerodromes be developed?
Regarding the sites where the water aerodromes will be developed, an official said, “In the first phase, Chilika Lake in Odisha, Sardar Sarovar Dam and Sabarmati River Front in Gujarat are the identified areas for the development of water aerodromes”.
Airports Authority of India have also identified sites in Odisha, Gujarat, Assam, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. According to the proposal, water aerodromes will be built in close proximity to tourist spots and other locations of religious importance.