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Friday, 07 April, 2017, 14 : 00 PM [IST]

IATO to approach Haryana CM on steep hike in Transport Tax

The Transport Department of Haryana Government recently hiked the Transport Tax in the state by 1,700%, from INR 100 to INR 1,750 per entry, which came into effect from April 1, 2017. The increase has been announced after a gap of four years. Talking at the monthly meeting of Indian Association of Tour Operators’ (IATO), President Pronab Sarkar condemned the steep hike in road taxes and called for a gradual increase.

“From April 1 onwards, each commercial vehicle has to pay INR 3,000 per entry which is a hefty amount. The state hadn’t increased the transport tax since last four years but this doesn’t means that they will now increase in an irregular way. The Haryana government should not hike the charges exorbitantly which in turn will adversely affect the travel and tourism industry in a drastic manner. The association plans to take up the matter with the Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and write the concern to them,” he said.

Informing the members on the E-Visa regime, Rajiv Mehra, Vice President, IATO, revealed that the ports of Mumbai and Chennai will also be added to the regime along with the already existing Indian ports of Kochi, Goa and Mangalore. He also invited suggestions for this year’s IATO Convention.

Besides, Sandeep Jain, Honorary Joint Secretary, IATO highlighted that the association’s website is in progress and new features and additions are being made. Soon the new look will be out which will also have a new lead generation and distribution mechanism in place.

Sarkar also added that the association will organise a Training Programme on financial aspects of business for the decision makers of the member companies.

IndiGo and Pawan Hans made presentation to the IATO members at the recent meeting.

Ajay Wadhawan, AVP, Trade Sales- India, IndiGo revealed that the carrier will unveil a new mobile app for travel partners. On the connectivity front, IndiGo plans to increase connections to Kathmandu, Nepal.

Rajeev Agnihotri, Joint GM-Commercial, Pawan Hans Limited, added that the company comprises a mixed fleet of 43 helicopters and aims to have 100 helicopters by 2022. Pawan Hans also opened a state-of-the-art Heliport at Sector 36, Rohini and from April 1 onwards, helicopter rides have been made available to the general public on weekends. Bookings can be made online for INR 2,499 for a helicopter ride of 10 minutes and Delhi Darshan heli ride of 20 minutes in INR 4,999.

The company has witnessed that the average per day footfall has increased from 123 in 2015 to 187 in 2016. The paying capacity has also been increased as people are now ready to pay INR 2,000 to INR 3,000 for an 8-10 minutes helicopter joy ride, he said.



 
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