Water Aerodrome project: Seaplane services for Guwahati-Kaziranga-Majuli

Guwahati, July 6: A team of officials representing the Airport Authority of India (AAI) on Thursday arrived in Majuli for a study regarding the operation of seaplane between Guwahati-Kaziranga-Majuli.

It may be mentioned that apart from the AAI, a multi-disciplinary central team comprising of senior officials from Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Spice Jet Airline, India Meteorological Department (IMD) along with State Water Resources Department will study and discuss the plan to set up set-up a water aerodrome for the seaplane and amphibious aircraft operations.

The team, led by Sangeeta Mahay, GM (Arch) of AAI, held a meeting with the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Majuli Debaprasad Misra at the Conference Hall of the DC Office on Thursday night. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Majuli  Chinmoy Nath, Circle Officer Ajit Kr Sarma and other officials from the district administration were also present in the meeting.

In the meeting, the Executive Engineer of Majuli Water Resources Division, Dr. Rajiv Goswami gave an insightful PowerPoint presentation on river systems of Brahmaputra and it’s one of the major tributaries, Subansiri.

The multi-disciplinary central team members were –  Barun Sarkar, GM (ATM), AAI,  M K Rola, AGM (CNS-P), AAI,  CB Jain, AGM (Engg.-Plg.), AAI,  Suvrita Saxena, DD (Ops.), DGCA, WR., Santanu Kalita, Advisor to Chairperson, Spice Jet,  Sonali Agarwal, Assistant Manager, Spice Jet, Capt. Abhishek Poyekar, Deputy Chief Pilot Flight Operation Safety Team, Spice Jet,  Atul Singh, Sr. Scientist of MET unit, IMD.

As per reports, low-cost carrier SpiceJet is exploring the possibilities to introduce seaplanes on the Brahmaputra. SpiceJet Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh, while speaking at the inaugural function of the Global Investors Summit 2018, had stated that the seaplanes have immense potential in the form of tourism, adventure travel as well as improving connectivity.

It may be mentioned that in December last, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew in a seaplane from Gujarat’s Sabarmati river to Dharoi Dam in Mehsana district on the last day of campaigning for the Gujarat assembly polls.

The AAI is mulling to set-up the country’s first water aerodrome project at Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati riverfront and Surat’s Tapi riverfront to start to start seaplane and amphibious aircraft operations.