The much-advertised heli-taxi service among Chandigarh and Shimla has gone to a crushing halt with the inaccessibility of the state government-enlisted helicopter and there being no back-up plan set up to keep the service operational.
It was on June 4 not long ago that the Himachal Government had launched the heli-taxi among Shimla and Chandigarh, which was currently operational thrice in a week. The heli taxi has not handled for over seven days now. The state government had procured a chopper from Pawan Hans, which has now remained grounded for one month because of compulsory service.
The Heli taxi Service was launched in association with Pawan Hans Ltd, was at first working on Mondays and Fridays. The recurrence was later expanded to thrice in a week. The charge for the 20-minute voyage was settled at Rs 2,999. The flight was taking off and arriving at Jubbarhatti airport.
Regardless of the government monitoring the obligatory establishing of the MI-17 helicopter for one month for maintenance, there was no back-up plan. Despite the fact that the Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation had coasted tenders for welcoming administrators to run the heli-taxi service these were dropped on technical grounds.
According to the sources seven air administrators had taken part and sent in their offers for giving the service of heli taxi. The division had even held pre-offered meeting with these organizations. Nonetheless, later with the terms and conditions not being worthy to them the tenders were canceled.