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More helicopter services to ferry pilgrims soon: Uttarakhand CM Nishank

Dehradun , Sun, 08 May 2011 ANI

Dehradun, May 8 (ANI): Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, who flagged off the new air service for the four Dhams-Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri shrines in the hill state, has said that more such services by private operators would be initiated soon.


Talking to reporters here on Saturday, Nishank said: "We are in the process of making helipads in 25 places which are some of the most beautiful locations on earth. Our mission is also to help people see the world's most striking locations. The Chardham Yatra has begun and we have made adequate arrangements for the same."


He said this was the first effort to connect all the four dhams with air service and would prove a boon for the people, especially the elders, who are otherwise unable to undertake the arduous journey.


Rakesh Sharma, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Prabhatam Group, a helicopter operating company said that the aerial services would be made available to pilgrims on government decided rates.


"The speciality of our service is that pilgrims can plan their trips according to their convenience. This facility is also regularly available at Kedarnath. The pilgrims would be taken their desired holy places on rates fixed by the state government. All other service operators would also have to comply by these rates and provide the facilities," he added.


The helicopter would be regularly flying at altitudes of 23,000 feet and ferry six passengers at a time across different religious sites.


Over the years the demand for helicopter services by pilgrims have witnessed a rise enabling the state government and operators to strengthen the air services.


Every year millions of the devotees from across the world throng the revered worship sites in the state like, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Yamunotri and Gangotri. (ANI)


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