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PM Modi unveiled the country's maiden seaplane service to the Statue of Unity!

By Priti Kumari

AHMEDABAD: On Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, PM Modi inaugurated India's maiden seaplane service in Gujarat between the World's tallest statue near Kevadiya colony of Narmada district and Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad by boarding the twin-engine plane from pond-3 close to Sardar Sarovar Dam built on river Narmada.

It is estimated that this air connectivity will mitigate transportation time between the two to 1 hour from 4 hours via road. According to the source privy to the matter, "The service will officially start operations from Sunday, November 1. If there is a constraint in online bookings, people can purchase tickets from the ticket window at the waterdrome at Ahmedabad as well as Kevadia. Due to security reasons during the PM's movement, the same may not, however, be opened on Saturday. The fare has been decided under RCS-UDAN rates and a certain quota of seats on each flight will be allotted at the lower price bracket of Rs 1,500 per person. For the remaining, fares will be up to Rs 4,800 per person". Under the UDAN scheme, the central government vows to provide 16 seaplane routes across the nation.

The 5,670 kg load carrying 'Seaplane or Floating Plane' with 19 persons seating capacity and 15.77m length and 5.94m elevation, has been manufactured in Canada. Meanwhile, PM inaugurated dynamic lighting of the Sardar Sarovar Dam in India's tricolour, the website of Statue of Unity(SoU) in all the UN official languages, to boost tourism in the region. He also unveiled the Kevadia application at the Unity Glow Garden & the Cactus Garden disseminated over an area of 3.61 acres.

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