Shimla: Much awaited Heli Taxi service was today launched from Annandale Helipad carrying first sorty of tourists on joy ride to the world famous Kullu Valley, as it was flagged off by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal.
This would go a long way in facilitating the tourists to visit the famous tourist places in hills as well as new places of tourist importance in far flung areas of the state. Chief Minister on the occasion said that with the introduction of Heli Taxi service, scope of tourism had been widened as high end tourists would now be able to visit Himachal Pradesh in a short time. He said that with the launching of the service, tourists could be picked up from Chandigarh or any other destination. He also said that exhaustive exercise had been undertaken by the Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation before the launch of the service so as to operate Heli Taxi service. He added that initially Simm Samm Airways had launched the service from Shimla helipad.
Chief Minister said that 1.39 crore tourists had visited the state during last year including a large number of foreigners. He said that there was vast scope of high end tourism in the state and the Heli Taxi service would go a long way in supplementing government efforts in this respect. He further said that para-gliding, hang-gliding, heli-skiing and other adventure international level sports activities were being organized in the state and the Heli Taxi service would facilitate organisation of such sports more conveniently. He said that the new service was a vital leap forward to attract high end tourists to visit different destinations in Himachal Pradesh. In addition, he congratulated the Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation for adding another vital milestone in quality tourism infrastructure creation, thereby giving new dimensions to the same to attract more visitors to the state.