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Tourism dept keen on seaplane

mumbai Updated: Jun 10, 2011 01:28 IST
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Citizens may soon be able to fly to Tarkarli beach in Konkan, landing directly on the coast.

State tourism minister Chhagan Bhujbal, who saw a presentation of an amphibious plane – it can take off and land from the water, land or a ship – on Thursday asked the company, Maritime Energy Heli Air Services Private Limited to present a concrete proposal before the tourism department.

“If you present a concrete proposal by the first week of July, we can start the service in October,” said Bhujbal.

He added that such a service could be used to ferry tourists across the 720km coastline where no helipad service or airstrips were available. Bhujbal said the service could be used during emergencies as well.