Heliport awaits nod, no service from Dhalli yet

Pratibha Chauhan

Tribune News Service

Shimla, December 8

Even as two new destinations — Mandi and Rampur — will get heli-taxi service from tomorrow, Dhalli heliport from where it was to start is awaiting approval from the Director General Civil Aviation (DGCA).

With no commercial flights from Jubbarhatti airport, 24 km from here, the state capital is still deprived of air connectivity. As long as the Dhalli heliport, which is 6 km from here, doesn't become functional, Shimla will not get effective air connectivity. Not just tourists, even locals don't prefer to travel to Jubbarhatti as it takes almost an hour. "A DGCA team is expected to inspect the heliport again in the next 10 days. The heliport is ready. Even the security net has been installed," said Amit Kashyap, Director, Tourism and Civil Aviation.

It is learnt that in its earlier inspection, the DGCA had pointed out certain shortcomings, which have been resolved. Meanwhile, Pawan Hans will connect Mandi and Rampur to existing heliports from tomorrow, although the formal launch function will not take place due to the demise of Gen Bipin Rawat.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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