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Friday, 09 October, 2020, 10 : 45 AM [IST]

Uttarakhand to resume helipad services to Kedarnath today

Helipad service for devotees going to Kedarnath Dham is starting today. Helipad service, which had been stalled for a long time due to the Covid 19 pandemic, has now started at three places which are Gupt Kashi, Sirsi and Fata helipad for Kedarnath Dham. Earlier, all the three helipads were inspected by the DGCA team in which the security arrangements and facilities made for the passengers were reviewed.

Uttarakhand Civil Aviation Authority (Yucada) has started online booking of heli tickets. Seven aviation companies are operating helipad services from Sirsi, Phata, Gupt Kashi in which Aero Air Craft from Guptkashi to Kedarnath, Pawan Hans for Fata to Kedarnath, Thambi Aviation, Pinnacle Air, Chipson Aviation and Ketral Aviation to Kedarnath from Sirsi, Himalayan Heli and Arrow Air Craft are being served.

The fare per passenger is INR 7,750 from Guptkashi, INR 4,720 from FATA and INR 4,680 from Sirsi.

Dilip Javalkar, Tourism Secretary, Government of Uttarakhand, said, "After Unlock 5, pilgrims' enthusiasm for Chardham Yatra is steadily increasing. The number of tourists in the state has increased considerably due to the exemption given in the Covid Report and Quarantine to tourists in Unlock 5.”

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