New Delhi: The government’s scheme for enhancing regional air connectivity Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) may soon introduce new modes of transport—seaplanes and amphibian planes—as the civil aviation ministry has decided to conduct feasibility study to explore the possibility of having waterdromes for operating seaplanes. Currently, only regular aircrafts are flying under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) which aims at making air travel affordable as flight fares are capped at a maximum price of Rs 2,500 per hour for 50 per cent seats.
A senior ministry official confirmed the development on Wednesday and said that the government decided to look into the idea of starting seaplanes operations under RCS after some entities approached the government expressing interest for the same. According to sources, two airlines which includes budget airline SpiceJet, sent the ministry a list of around 16 to 20 places that could be utilised as waterdromes. Sources said that the list includes certain locations on the Tehri dam in Uttarakhand, Amby valley in Maharashtra, the coastal belt connecting Gujarat to Kerala and the union territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Daman and Dui.