In a recent press conference, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari announced intentions for India to bring in 10,000 seaplanes in the next two years.
Indian Union Minister Nitin Gadkari made a huge seaplane announcement on 11 January, 2018 during a public event to celebrate the completion of the ‘bhoomi pujan’ project that created a bridge on Versova creek that connects Mumbai to Ahmedabad. Gadkari stated that “Around 10,000 seaplanes would be brought into the country in the next two years. Within the next three months, rules and regulations would be put in place for (operating) seaplanes. Trials were recently taken in the sea in Mumbai. This will bring a new method of transport.”
This is an enormous step in moving more seaplanes into the country of India and taking advantage of some of the resources India has to offer. “The state governments should take to new modes of transportation, including inland waterways to avoid pollution and related issues arising out of road transport,” Gadkari said.
The Union Minister also hopes that by using more seaplanes, people traveling in and around India can avoid problems caused by other forms of travel, like flooding, congestion, and backups due to roadworks, as well as helping to reducing pollution in the area.
Hopes are that Mumbai will begin building and maintaining waterways now so that when the planes start arriving, they can be immediately put to good use to start helping people travel quickly and safely around the area.
10,000 is a huge number of planes and, if this project continues to work and grow, it can definitely be a huge push for seaplane pilots everywhere and for #TheFutureOfWaterflying.