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Sahara fallout: India's first seaplane service launch put off

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 - 7:30am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

The arrest of Sahara India chief Subrata Roy has led to the postponement of seaplaneservice to Aambey Valley from Juhu airport which was scheduled to kick start from Monday. However, the services to otherdestinations including Mula and Pawanadam are expected to start as per schedule on March 26.

The sourcessaid that the service to Ambey valley was called off after Aambey Valley, whichis owned by Sahara India Parivar group asked MEHAIR- the seaplane service operatorto postpone it in view of the arrest of their boss.

A MEHAIR official confirmed the development and saidthat it was Aambey Valley administration's call against not plying the servicenow . (will add the comments they are about to send)
Roy, who isreferred as Saharashri among his employees was arrested on orders of Supremecourt after he failed to deposit aboutRs 23,000 crore to market regulator SEBI. The allegation against Roy is thatsome of his companies collected money from the general public against theprevailing laws of the country. The charges have been denied by Roy claimingthat SEBI is targeting his companies.

State runMaharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) had roped in MEHAIR to connect several tourismdestinations in the state through seaplanes, in order to promote tourism.Similar services are already in place in Andamans.

However, theproject in the state got delayed forover a year and half due to requirement of permissions from several authoritiesand departments, including Ministry of Defence (MoD) for a water aerodrome inGirgaum Chowpatty , which the state government insiders claim was a tough nutto crack, as it is near the western Naval command. The projectwas finally inaugurated on February 24, with the first flight for publicdecided to start on March 10. 

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