Maritime Energy Heli Air, which pioneered the launch of India’s first seaplane operation in the Andaman Nicobar Islands in 2011, will be commencing operations in Maharashtra and Kerala next month as well.
Maharashtra plans to kick-start a seaplane service next month with an initial focus on establishing connections using the inland water bodies.
When asked about the locations, Patil said efforts are on to connect Rahuri in Ahmednagar district, which will serve pilgrims going to nearby Shirdi, Koyna dam (which will help tourists going to Mahabaleshwar) and Pune.
Earlier reports had said that Maritime Energy Heli Air, which operates similar services in Kerala and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, has been chosen to commence operations in Maharashtra as well.
The company had said that it has got the go-ahead from Maharashtra’s coastal zone management authority to begin Seaplane services from the financial capital.