Ahmedabad : Seaplane Service Faces High Operating Costs, Remains Grounded
Ahmedabad's seaplane service, which was launched with much fanfare in October 2020, has been out of commission for several months. The government has cited high operating costs as the reason for the service's shutdown, despite earlier assurances that it would soon be restarted.
In the Vidhansabha, the government revealed that more than 13.15 crore rupees had already been spent on the seaplane service. The Congress's Arjun Modhwadia asked why the service was closed, and the government responded by admitting that it had been halted due to maintenance issues with the foreign-registered aircraft.
The government had earlier indicated that the seaplane service would resume once certain administrative processes were completed, and it had also expressed interest in bringing seaplanes from other states. However, these plans now appear to be on hold due to the high costs associated with operating the service.
BJP MLA Darshanaben had raised concerns about the seaplane service in the Vidhansabha a week ago, and the government had promised to take action on the matter. Now, it seems that the future of the seaplane service remains uncertain.