The Gujarat government admitted in the state Assembly on Thursday that the country’s first so-called seaplane service had been cancelled after spending ’13 crore due to exorbitant operational costs.
Harshad Patel, BJP MLA from Sabarmati, questioned about the seaplane service a week ago in the Assembly. The administration then responded by stating that plans had been made to launch the seaplane. According to the guidelines, action has been taken. As soon as this procedure is finished, the service will be restarted.
However, in a U-turn on its own response on seaplane service, the government today stated that the service was cancelled because the operating costs were too high. In the House, the government admitted that it had already spent more than Rs. 13.15 crore on the seaplane.
In response to a question from Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia, the government stated that a seaplane service from Ahmedabad to Kevadia was started in 2020 at a cost of `13,15,06,737. The government also stated that the seaplane service was discontinued in 2021 due to financial reasons and due to the high cost of operation for the operator.
The government admitted in the House that the service was halted because foreign-registered aircraft were difficult to operate and maintain. Purnesh Modi, a former cabinet minister, had previously stated that Ahmedabad seaplane service would begin soon from Kevadia. PM Modi launched a seaplane service from Kevadia to Ahmedabad for the Statue of Unity on October 31, 2020, which was later sent to the Maldives for repair.