PM Modi launches seaplane service in Gujarat



Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched a seaplane service between the Statue of Unity near Kevadiya in Gujarat's Narmada district and Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad.

The Prime Minister inaugurated the service by boarding the twin-engine plane from pond-3 close to Sardar Sarovar Dam after taking part in the Ekta Diwas celebrations at the Statue of Unity on the occasion of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's 145th birth anniversary.

The plane carrying Modi landed on the waters of Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad in around 40 minutes after covering a distance of around 200 kilometers.

The service will be operated by SpiceJet's fully-owned subsidiary, Spice Shuttle. Daily two flights will be operated on the Ahmedabad-Kevadiya route from Saturday, the company said in a statement.

The all-inclusive one-way fares will begin from Rs 1,500 under the UDAN scheme and tickets will be available / from October 30 onwards, the airline said.

Tourists can reach Kevadiya in less than 40 minutes from Ahmedabad instead of an over five-hour journey by road. (PTI)