Trivandrum: The ambitious Seaplane project of Kerala Tourism is all set for take off on June 02, 2013. Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy will take the first flight from Ashtamudi lake in Kollam to Punnamada lake in Alappuzha, marking the launch of the seaplane services in Kerala.
This was announced by the Tourism Minister Shri A P Anil Kumar today at a special press conference to mark the second anniversary celebrations of the UDF Government in the State. The Minister also added that this is the first project to materialise from the several projects that were showcased at the Emerging Kerala conclave conducted in September 2012.
Giving details, the Minister said that five operators / agencies have been given permission based on an open sky policy and the operators will fix the fare. The State Government has waived off the landing / takeoff fees. The full roll out of the services can be expected by August end, initially covering five locations of Ashtamudi, Punnamada, Kumarakom, Bolgatty and Bekal, with Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode airports serving as base stations. Houseboats will serve as terminals and lounges at the locations for tourists. Seaplane operations will be limited to daytime from 10 am to 5 pm.
Regarding other projects, the Minister said that several new initiatives to promote tourism were on the anvil and some of them will be rolled out during the next one year. The Department is in talks with Railways to attach a special tourist bogie to some of the popular trains running in Kerala. Similarly, the Tourism Department is discussing with KSRTC to start the first ‘Hop On, Hop Off’ bus service in Thiruvananthapuram soon.
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