After considering the rapid growth in the helicopter services business, the state government has now decided to set up their helicopter services. According to the statistics, the private companies are doing an estimated business of almost 135 crores every year with this helicopter services and the government receives only 12 to 15 crore rupees every year as the royalty of the civil aviation department and the resources used by the private companies belong to the government so this is a very big loss for Uttarakhand government and this made the government officials take this decision.
In this condition, the Civil Aviation Department has started exploring the possibility and efficiency of a government company instead of a private company. At present, nine air companies are offering their heli services in Uttarakhand for Chardham Yatra and these companies make huge profits in chartered services. As per the statistics, most of the flights are booked from Phata to Kedarnath.
Arbitrary Recovery will be Stopped
The formation of the government’s own heli company will put an end to the arbitrariness of private companies. Tickets will be booked online. Booking rates for Kedarnath from Sarsi, Phata and Guptkashi are between six and a half thousand to seven and a half thousand, but there are allegations of ticket blackening as the number of pilgrims increases, the arrival of a government agency will put an end to such fears. Apart from this, the government will also be able to control ticket rates.
Helicopters will be taken on Lease
The civil aviation department will initially lease the helicopter on a tender basis from private companies to operate heli services. The department will only hire companies during the journey, retaining operational rights. After this, your helicopters can also be purchased. In this series, the department is also considering buying Dhruv helicopters from Hindustan Aeronautical Limited.
Private companies are benefiting from operating heli service in the state, the state only gets 10 percent royalty on rent. We have sufficient resources to operate the services, so the proposal to register our company and operate the services is considered.
FAQs Related to Char Dham Yatra
- What is the importance of covering this religious tour?
Ans- Devotees embarking on this spiritual Yatra comes with unflinching faith in God and believe that visiting the holy sites of the circuit make them free from all their committed sins. Also, taking a holy dip into the two holiest rivers in India i.e. Ganga and Yamunotri washes away all your committed sins and blesses them with a new life.
- How to Complete this Journey in the Most Convenient Way?
Ans- If you are looking for the most convenient way to reach the holy pedestals of the circuit then opt for the helicopter services and complete this journey in the most convenient way. Also, if budget is your concern then you can go for railways and to cover the trekking route you can hire any pony or palanquin rider.
- What if we don’t get time to Register Ourselves? Can we do it after reaching the state?
Ans- Yes, you don’t need to stress yourself for such things as the registration process is available both online and offline. So, After you enter the state check out the list of centers that are allotted for the registration.
- What is the Best Time to Plan this Spiritual Trip?
Ans- However, the shrine is opened for the public visit for 6 months but it is not recommended to explore the destinations during the monsoon months as the area receives heavy rainfall that leads to landslides and consequently blockage of roads. So, it is not advised to plan your trip in the monsoon months if we consider your safety concerns.
There are certain things that you need to keep in your mind if you are traveling to these hugely elevated destinations and some of those tips and tricks are mentioned below.
- Carry an ample amount of cash money with you as it is difficult to find ATMs everywhere around the holy sites.
- Stay hydrated and do drink mineral water as this will keep you safe and free from any illness.
- If you are suffering from any prolonging disease then do not forget to carry that particular medication for you as it is difficult to find medical stores there.
- If you are hiring any pony or palanquin rider then do check their license or else you may trap in a different situation.