Sagarmala Seaplane Services (SSPS) | UPSC

Sagarmala Seaplane Services (SSPS) | UPSC


Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways is kicking off ambitious Project of Sagarmala Seaplane Services (SSPS) with potential airline operators

      WHY IN NEWS:

A Game- changer seaplanes services will facilitate faster and hassle-free travel across the country

MINISTRY? :- Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3: Transport : Ports


Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways is initiating the process of commencing operations of the Seaplane services, on the select routes.



The project execution and implementation would be through Sagarmala Development Company Ltd (SDCL), which is under the administrative control of the Ministry

  • “Sagarmala Seaplane Services (SSPS)” will be undertaken by forming a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) with Sagarmala Development Company Limited (SDCL).
  • Several destinations are envisaged for seaplane operations.
  • The proposed Origin-Destination pairs under Hub and Spoke model.


It include various islands of

  • Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep
  • Guwahati Riverfront & Umranso Reservoir in Assam
  • Yamuna Riverfront / Delhi (as Hub) to Ayodhaya
  • Tehri
  • Srinagar(Uttrakhand)
  • Chandigarh and many other tourist places of Punjab & HP
  • Mumbai (as Hub) to Shirdi, Lonavala, Ganpatipule
  • Surat (as Hub) to Dwarka, Mandvi & Kandla; Khindsi Dam, Nagpur & Erai Dam, Chandrapur (in Maharashtra) and/or any other Hub & Spoke suggested by the Operator.

Sagarmala Seaplane Services (SSPS) | UPSC


  • The seaplanes services will be a game-changer providing a supplementary means of faster and comfortable transportation across the nation.
  • Apart from providing air connectivity to various remote religious/tourist places, it will boost tourism for domestic and international holidaymakers.
  • It will save travel time and stimulate localized short distance travelling especially in the hilly regions or across the rivers/lakes etc.

In addition to the infrastructural enhancements at the places of operations, it will enormously boost tourism and business activities

  • Seaplane operations align with the vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister to improve connectivity across the nation and make India as an attractive destination for the tourists.
  • By providing air connectivity to numerous remote, religious/tourist places and unexplored locations near the water bodies will make the journey easier.
  • It will generate employment opportunities and stimulate tourism on these new locations, which will consequently contribute to the country’s GDP in the long run.


  • Given the large and small waterbodies that dot the country, India provides an ideal opportunity for seaplane operations.

Unlike a conventional aircraft, a seaplane can land both on a waterbody and on land, thereby opening up more opportunities for business and tourism

  • Such projects provide faster and hassle free travel option for the long, treacherous and hilly regions of the country.

Sagarmala Seaplane Services (SSPS)


  • Seaplane Service is already in operation between Kevadia and Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad, which was inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister on 31st October 2020.

To run more such services in the coastal areas or proximity to water bodies, SDCL is keen to associate with the interested scheduled / non-scheduled airline operators

  • SDCL is exploring plans to leverage the potential of the vast coastline and numerous water bodies/rivers across India by commencing seaplane operations.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • Sea Plane will utilize the nearby water bodies for take-off and landing and thus connect those places in a much economical way.
  • The conventional airport infrastructure like a runway and terminal buildings are not required for seaplane operations.
     SOURCES:   PIB   | Sagarmala Seaplane Services (SSPS) | UPSC 



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