Helicopter Summit: Uttarakhand government will subsidize Chopper services

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The Trivendra Rawat government will provide additional subsidy for the helicopter service under the UDAN scheme in Uttarakhand. Here, the central government has also agreed to bear the expenditure on the construction of heliports in the state. Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat also arrived at the inaugural session of Helicopter Summit at Sahasradhara Helipad on Saturday. He said that it takes several hours to reach Pithoragarh from Dehradun. Through heli service, this distance can be completed in less than two hours. Heli service is also important in view of tourism activities in Uttarakhand. Therefore, the state government will give subsidy in addition to the subsidy received from the central government for providing heli services to the places identified in the Udaan scheme. He said that this summit will now be held every year in Uttarakhand. We will also start Heli Ambulance.

In a workshop organized on ‘Extension in Connectivity through Helicopters’ in collaboration with the Central Government, State and FICCI, Union Civil Aviation Ministry Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola said, Air service has become as important as bus service. There is difficulty in making airports in hilly areas, but heliports can be easily constructed. If the state provides land, the center is ready to bear the cost of heliport.

Director of the Lal Bahadur Shastri Administrative Academy at Mussoorie, ‘Queen of the Mountains’, Dr. Sanjeev Chopra said that it is necessary to promote heli services at tourist places like Mussoorie. He said that in principle approval has been given to start business services from the three helipads of the Academy.

Experts from private companies gave their views in the second session of this summit. Himalayan Heli Service Company director Wangchuk Shamsu said that permission to fly in Uttarakhand is to be obtained from the DM through Ukada. However, there are problems in this. He raised the demand to balance royalty and landing charge per flight. Also said that there are no basic facilities on the helipad of Ukada



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