Senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief and Baramati MP Supriya Sule has written to the Centre, proposing the event of a water aerodrome challenge at the Ujjani reservoir beneath the Civil Aviation Ministry’s UDAN-RCS (Regional Connectivity Scheme).
Ms. Sule, who additionally met Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Wednesday on this regard, requested Mr. Puri to increase the Ministry’s UDAN-RCS to Ujjani, contemplating the strategic location and suitability of the reservoir.
The Ujjani dam over Bhima river is positioned at the junction of Pune, Ahmednagar and Solapur districts and is round 125 km away from the closest industrial airport at Lohegaon in Pune.
“The development of a water aerodrome would help provide proximate air connectivity for devotees visiting the Vitthal-Rukmini Temple in Pandharpur [in Solapur district] and also for the nearly 10 lakh people living within 50 km of the proposed water-drome,” stated Ms. Sule in her letter.
The three-time MP additional noticed that owing to the comparatively excessive ranges of earnings of the residents within the area, industrial flight operations have been a viable prospect and that there was a adequate variety of passengers all year long who would use flight companies.
“The Ujjani water aerodrome could be connected to existing and proposed water aerodromes in Goa, the Thane Creek, the Sabarmati Waterfront and the Sardar Sarovar Dam,” Ms. Sule stated, including that it is also linked to airports in main cities in Maharashtra akin to Mumbai, Nashik, Kolhapur and Aurangabad.
Ms. Sule additional famous that the Ujjani reservoir had adequate water depth and low wind velocity all year long.
“The reservoir is Z-shaped and therefore there are possibly two to three alignments for take-off and landing that would ensure sufficient distance from Bhigwan Bird Sanctuary, as per the norms,” stated Ms. Sule.
Speaking to The Hindu, Ayush Prasad, Pune Zilla Parishad Chief Executive Officer (CEO) stated that if permitted by the Centre, the Ujjani water-drome challenge would considerably improve connectivity at an important industrial centre in Maharashtra’s rural hinterland.
“If the project is greenlighted, then it will boost rural connectivity as envisaged by the UDAN scheme. It is definitely commercially viable as the reservoir is located in the middle of Maharashtra’s ‘sugar heartland’ and people here are relatively prosperous. Improved connectivity would also help people in the region connect with major cities, while increasing the tourist and pilgrim footfall,” Mr. Prasad stated.