Delhi will soon be connected to holy cities of Vrindavan and Mathura by regular chopper services,Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said on Thursday. This is expected to give a major boost to air-connectivity in the region.
The regular chopper flights between these two cities from the Capital will be operated by the state-owned Pawan Hans Helicopter Limited (PHHL).
Vrindavan and Mathura figure on top of the list of cities to be connected with the Capital by helicopter services in keeping with high potential of religious tourism in the twin cities, a ministry spokesperson said.
Soon other neighbouring cities like Muzaffarnagar,Meerut,Mathura and Agra too will be added to this list,added the official. Earlier this week,a technical team from PHHL assessed the feasibility of the project and visited Vrindavan and Mathura on May 25 and 29. They held discussions with the local administration on issue related to helipad sites,security and passenger facilitation.
The company is likely to hold discussions with Uttar Pradesh government to enlist its support for the project,the official said.
The company is planning a survey and feasibility study of these cities. The fares of the proposed service will be competitive,Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said earlier during an interaction with mediapersons.
The service will not be exorbitantly priced. The fares will be in line with the pricing mechanism followed by PHHL for providing connectivity to places like Vaishno Devi, Singh said.
When contacted,PHHL officials said the plan is in its initial stages and related formalities for commencement of new services will be completed in the next few months.
The officials said the proposed service will be extended to include air ambulance services as well. The service also aims at saving precious human lives by facilitating carriage of critically ill patients from these cities to multi-speciality hospitals in the Capital. This will help improve emergency medical care in the region, the official said.