Dehradun: The Uttarakhand government has decided to charge the airline companies for parking and landing of their helicopters on the government owned helipad in the state. After clearing the proposal, the finance department has forwarded it to the Chief Minister for his approval.

In a bid to promote the air services in the state, the government was not charging any of the company for landing and parking their helicopters on the state owned helipad as yet. The air services in Dehradun have become a hit. Since the launching of helicopter services for pilgrims who visit the state for ‘Char Dham Yatra’, their number has gone up by two folds. The success of the air services can be gauged by the fact that the tourists are forced to wait for two to three days for ticket bookings. This year, the state government has received proposals from 12 companies to enter into the airline services for the ‘Char Dham Yatra’.

Given the success of the air services in the state, the government has decided to charge the companies for usage of its helipads.

According to the proposal, a company will have to pay Rs 1000 for two hours of landing on Dehradun’s Sahastradhara helipad and Jolly Grant Airport and apart from this, they will have to pay RS 200 per day on exceeding the time limit. However, the companies will have to pay lesser amount for availing landing and parking facilities on other helipads. The civil aviation department has sent the proposal to the Chief Minister’s Office for its approval.

Principal Secretary of the civil aviation department P C Sharma said, “Charging the airline companies will not only generate revenue to the state but will also restrict the unpermitted movement of the helicopters in the state."