GoI reviews Seaplane Operation Projects

On June 23, 2020, the Minister of State for shipping Shri Mansukh Mandaviya reviewed the sea plane projects of India. The projects were reviewed under a unique brainstorming meeting “Chai pe Charcha”.


The minister directed the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) and Sagarmala Development company (SDA) limited to join hands to implement the sea plane operation of Statue of Unity and Sabarmati route. It was decided that the sea plane operations in Gujarat shall begin by October 2020.

The SDCL has been given the job of managing the sea plane projects in the coastal areas and the IWAI is managing the projects in inland waterways.

Seaplane projects

So far, the Government of India has identified 16 sea plane routes under UDAN scheme. The hydrographic survey of the Sabarmati route has been completed.

Hydrographic survey

Hydrographic survey is the measurement and description of features of marine construction, maritime navigation, dredging, offshore oil exploration.

Chai Pe Charcha

The Chai Pe Charcha campaign was launched by PM Modi in 2014. The campaign was launched by the PM while he served as the CM of Gujarat. He was also the then Prime Ministerial candidate of the BJP.


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