Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a sea-plane from Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad to Dharoi dam in Mehsana district, the first-ever flight by such a craft in the country, to visit the famous Ambaji temple. Today is the last day of campaigning in Gujarat, where votes for the final phase will be cast on Thursday.
Modi boarded the single-engine sea-plane from near the Sardar Bridge connecting the old city with Ahmedabad West, the first-ever flight by such a craft in the country. A special jetty was constructed to facilitate the prime minister’s boarding from the river.
The plane landed at Dharoi Dam reservoir in Mehsana. From Dharoi, the prime minister proceeded to Ambaji Temple in Banaskantha district via road. After visiting the temple, he would return to Ahmedabad by the sea-plane in the evening.
He will take the same route to return back to Ahmedabad. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani tweeted picture of Modi on-board the sea plane saying, “PM Shri @narendramodi Ji boards a sea plane from Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad to Dharoi Dam”.
Tweeting his schedule on his personal handle on Monday, the Prime Minister had said, “Tomorrow at 9:30 AM I will travel from Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad to Dharoi Dam via sea plane. After that will offer prayers to Maa Amba at Ambaji. With air, roads & rail connectivity, our Government is making efforts for harnessing waterways. All this is for 125 crore Indians!”.
He had also mentioned this while campaigning in the poll-bound state underlining the achievements of BJP-ruled state in infrastructural development.
“We cannot have airports everywhere, so our government has planned to have these sea-planes,” he added, sharing the details on his sea-plane flight
“Our party had planned my road show tomorrow. However, the administration has not given permission and I had time so I decided to go to Ambaji in the sea-plane,” he had said.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said this is for the first time in the history of the country that a sea-plane will land on a water body and that will be the Sabarmati river.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel in the plane from here to Dharoi. He will visit Ambaji temple and come back from Dharoi to Sabarmati in the same plane,” Rupani said.
(With inputs from PTI)