Study on Kerala Seaplane Impact By Kerala Tourism

Published on: 26 Jul, 2013
Published under: Kerala Travel News

26 July 2013
New Delhi

n the wake of protests by fishermen community against seaplane operations in the backwaters of the state, the Kerala government has constituted a five-member committee to look into the matter. The committee will be headed by Suman Billa IAS, Secretary, Kerala Tourism. It will also have a member from the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies. The committee will submit its report in a month to the government. This was informed by S Harikishore IAS, Director, Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala.

The inaugural flight of the much publicised seaplane service had to be curtailed last month as fishermen unions laid siege to the scheduled landing waterdrome at Punnamada. The Director said that the seaplanes will be using hardly two km space of the 900-km backwaters, and the fears that the seaplane operations will impact marine life in the area are unfounded. He said that more operators have come forward to start seaplane service with capacities up to eight pax.


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