JK to introduce helicopter services for tourist destinations

at 7:30 am
Dal Lake, Srinagar, Jammu Kashmir (file pic)
SRINAGAR. In order to boost tourism, Jammu and Kashmir UT Government is all set to introduce helicopter services for  various tourist destinations in both the regions of Jammu and Kashmir.
Air Safari and Air rides over certain tourist locations including a ride over Dal Lake and adjoining areas would also be launched in near future.
This was revealed during a meeting at Civil Secretariat here chaired by Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan.
The meeting was attended by Commissioner Civil Aviation, Secretary Tourism, Managing Director JKTDC, Director Tourism Kashmir and Director Finance Civil Aviation.
While chairing the meeting, Advisor said that the move will boost tourism in Jammu and Kashmir and add interesting experience to the visit of tourists.
Baseer Ahmad Khan added that the department is looking at helicopter services to build connectivity between important destinations and attract more visitors.
Advisor directed the officers to identify a few tourist destinations from both Jammu as well as Kashmir so that helicopter services could be started on pilot basis.
Many places came up under discussion for introduction of helicopter services from both the provinces of Jammu and Kashmir.
Advisor directed the officers to do proper groundwork regarding the basic infrastructure and manpower required for the purpose.
The Advisor directed the Directors of Jammu and Kashmir to come up with the location details including other details for helicopter services.
Advisor said that the whole exercise is meant to change the façade of travel and tourism in Jammu and Kashmir and will open up new tourist destinations at far flung places.
The Advisor said that the directions in this regard have already been given by the Lieutenant Governor for mapping out the tourist destinations for pressing in the Helicopter services.