MoCA will carry out bidding and will select potential airlines operators based on their commercial consideration through the bidding process and will incorporate the locations and routes as identified by MOPSW along with the routes identified through the bidding process in the UDAN scheme document. MOCA is also obliged to provide funds and financial support in respect of water aerodromes awarded under the RCS-UDAN scheme and coordinate with the Chief Secretaries of all states for seaplanes operations.
On the occasion, Shri Hardeep S. Puri, Minister of State (IC) for Civil Aviation, stated that this MOU between the 2 Ministries will help in expediting the development of new water aerodromes and also operationalization of new seaplane routes in India. He further stated that this will give a big fillip to the provision of a new kind of tourism service in India.
Speaking on this occasion, the Minister of State (I/C), Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, stated that signing of this MOU will be a game changer both for the Indian maritime and civil aviation sectors as it will not only enhance seamless connectivity across the nation by promoting eco-friendly transportation through seaplanes but will also give a boost to the tourism industry.