Rudraprayag: The pilgrimage to Kedarnath Dham may run in cold water as three companies facilitating air travel to the holy site have been banned in the area. Now, only the remaining companies will be able to provide air travel services.

Confirming the decision, Civil Aviation Prnicipal Secretary PC Sharma said, “The decision has been taken on the order of the Civil Aviation Ministry as these companies have been accused of organizing flights against the set regulations.”

Meanwhile, six companies are providing air service to Kedarnath: Trans Bharat, Aryan, Sumit Heritage, Pawan Hans, Himalayan Heli and Prabhatam of which the Civil Aviation Ministry has debarred Sumit Heritage, Trans Bharat and Aryan from organizing flights to commute tourists to the holy site.

The investigations by the Civil Aviation Directorate revealed that the companies organise flights more than the stipulated time duration, after which the Civil Aviation Ministry banned their services.

For the time being, only Pawan Hans, Himalayan Heli and Prabahtam will be providing air travel services to Kedarnath.

The doors for the Kedarnath Dham will close for the winters on November 28. Hence the decision can bring some trouble for the pilgrims who wish to go by air to the holy pilgrimage.

(JPN/Bureau)