With an aim to develop Sea plane service in the country, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Ministries of Ports, Shipping and Ministry of Civil Aviation on Tuesday.
Signing of this MoU is a major milestone for making seaplanes project a reality very soon which will envisage development of Non Scheduled/Scheduled operation of seaplane services within territorial jurisdiction of India under RCS-UDAN scheme of government of India.
As per MoU, a Co-ordination Committee with officials of Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) and Ministry of Tourism (MoT) is to be set up for timely completion of operationalisation of Seaplane services at various locations. MoCA, MoPSW, SDCL will consider operationalising of Seaplane operating routes as identified or suggested by all agencies.
The Civil Aviation Ministry would carry out bidding and select potential airlines operators based on their commercial consideration through bidding process, incorporate the locations and routes as identified by MoPSW and routes identified through bidding process in UDAN scheme document.
The Civil Avaiation Ministry is also obliged to provide funds/financial support in respect of water aerodromes awarded under RCS-UDAN scheme and coordinate with Chief Secretaries of all States for the Seaplanes operations.