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Will Kerala’s ambitious seaplane project finally take off? Reports are emerging that the State government is looking to offer new incentives to seaplane operators. New guidelines in this regard are expected soon. First launched back in June, 2013, the seaplane service, a Kerala Tourism Department initiative in association with private aviation companies, was expected to provide a big boost to tourism in the state, especially backwater tourism destinations. However, the project, touted as the country’s first sea plane service, failed to take off amid protest by traditional fishermen who claimed it threatened their livelihood and marine ecology. Fisherfolk had protested inside the ‘waterdrome’ and forced the inaugural flight to return without landing on the Punnamada Lake in Alappuzha. ...

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