Tourism officials on Wednesday agreed in principle to engage the Pawan Hans Helicopter Limited to offer sightseeing rides around the Capital and possibly the neighbouring states as well.
Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) officials gave the go-ahead to strike a tie-up with the company for the service at its board meeting,chairman Manish Chatrath told Newsline.
We like the idea. It will be an added attraction for tourists. Well soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the company and hope to get the project rolling soon, Chatrath said.
A senior Tourism official said the company plans to offer helicopter rides to various tourist attractions in and around the city and could price the service at
Rs 2,000 for a ride lasting 10 to 15 minutes.
The company will have to factor in fuel charges,cost of hiring pilots,etc. All these formalities will be worked out at a later stage. The helicopter rides could also be used for educational purposes, a Tourism official said.
DTTDC chairman Manish Chathrath said the company has proposed to include packages to several key tourist attractions but the routes can be finalised only after all necessary clearances are obtained.
Its too early to say for sure what all places will be covered under the facility as the company will have to procure several security clearances. The company has agreed to finalise all these dynamics soon, Chatrath said.
The company has also proposed to extend the sightseeing tours to major tourist attractions outside Delhi,including to cities like Agra and Bharatpur,the official said.
It will provide a new experience to the people. But this will be subject to clearances from competent authorities like the Civil Aviation Ministry, the official said.
We have so far only offered an in-principle support to the project. But with so many important sensitive establishments located within the city,the company will have to ensure that security is not compromised from any angle, the official said.
The Pawan Hans Helicopter Limited also plans to offer packages for people looking to organise weddings on helicopters or hire them for family tours,a tourism official said.