Himachal Heli Taxi service to take wings tomorrow



Shimla: With aim to attract high end tourists and acquaint them with the hidden beauty of the hill State, Himachal Pradesh Tourism Department is rolling over Heli Taxi Services from tomorrow .i.e. January 29, 2011. State Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal will inaugurate the much awaited service at Annadale Helipad, Shimla.

Director, Tourism & Civil Aviation Arun Kumar Sharma disclosed in a press statement issued to media today that for this service the department has already signed an agreement with Heli Taxi operators and base of operations for the service would be Annadale Helipad in Shimla. He added that the success of the service would depend upon the demand.  Department has sealed the deal with three taxi operators including M/s Simm Samm Airways and M/s Shiva Heli Services and routes would be between -Shimla-Kullu, Kullu-Manali- Rohtang Pass-Tandi, Manali valley joyride flights etc.

There are 57 helipads in the state and many of them are located in tribal areas of the state viz Kinnaur, Lahaul-Spiti and Pangi valley. The various destinations in these areas have no access for the tourists during the winter season due to heavy snow-fall on the high altitude Passes. The department expects that with the introduction of the service, the inflow of high end tourists and corporate houses would increase, which will help in generation of indirect employment opportunity for the people of the remote areas.

The details about fare and flight timings can be had from offices of Himachal Tourism and above companies on Tel No. 098140-42482,098141-11125 and 0177-2831280, 092186-20213.

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