June 04, 2018 will be a historical day when the distance of reaching Shimla from Chandigarh will be reduced to just 20 minutes from long and tiring three hours.
Pawan Hans– the national chopper service has undertaken an initiative in this regard. In collaboration with the State Government of Himachal Pradesh, it has worked out the modalities of this route, a spokesman of the State Government informed today.
The Rs 2,999 per person, one way price tage journey of 20-seater chopper will cater to the tourists of the popular hill station for two days in a week– Monday and Friday, initially. Later, the trips can be enhanced, by pressing more chopper and frequencies of ferries, depending upon the feedback of the passengers and feasabilities, said Deepash Joshi, a spokesperson of Chandigarh Airport.
The Chandigarh Airport is already connected with Kullu, Leh, Jaipur and Srinagar. It is believed that more places of importance like Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Indore will be added to the air map of the Chandigarh aerodrome.
Besides Chandigarh, the national helicopter carrier, Pawan Hans is already catering to the needs of pilgrimage tourists of Vaishno Devi shrine by ferrying them from Katra to the shrine at about two dozen a time everyday. It has been hailed by the people who wish to visit the sacred shine but were unable to undertake their journey either on foot or on horse back, due to some infirmities.
Pawan Hans has earned its reputation by successful ferry operations at North-East part of the country, as well as Andaman and Nicobar islands for last 26 years. It has presence in Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Sikkim, Nagaland, Odisha, west Bengal and Meghalaya. It also provides their chopper services to ONGC for its off-shore locations. BSF and Maharashtra Police too occasional use chopper services in emergencies.