JK Admin launches online helicopter booking service for Amarnath pilgrims

Hindu devotees walk towards Amarnath cave. [File Photo]

Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday launched the online helicopter booking service portal for Amarnath Yatra, 2022.

Devotees can easily log on to Shrine Board’s website for the booking of helicopter tickets for the yatra.

Dedicating new online service to the devotees of Amarnath, the Lt Governor said, “It was a long pending endeavour of the Government to introduce heli services from Srinagar for better connectivity and accessibility”.

For the first time, devotees can travel with ease directly from Srinagar to Panchtarni and complete the holy yatra in a single day, he added.

The Lt Governor further directed the Shrine Board and NIC officials to ensure hassle free and secure online helicopter booking service for the pilgrims.

Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to Lt Governor briefed the Lt Governor about the new helicopter booking service portal for Amarnath yatra.

Earlier, helicopter services were operational for only two sectors, but now, the pilgrims can avail the services in four sectors (to & fro) viz. Srinagar to Neelgrath, Srinagar to Pahalgam , Neelgrath to Panchtarni, and Pahalgam to Panchtarni, with total 11 helicopters to remain available for the passengers.

Addition of two new sectors from Srinagar will encourage those yatris who wish to complete the yatra in a single day, and can return home.

This facility is also available for the devotees who want to travel only one way. The one-way tariff from Srinagar to Neelgrath shall be Rs 11,700; Srinagar to Pahalgam Rs 10,800; Neelgrath to Panchtarni Rs 2,800 and Pahalgam to Panchtarni Rs 4,200.

The portal was designed and developed by National Informatics Centre, State Unit Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

The Yatra 2022 shall commence on 30th June and culminate on 11th August. Expecting a heavy footfall of yatris, the Shrine Board has made adequate arrangements this year. In 2020 and 2021, due to Covid, no yatra was held.

Atal Dulloo, Financial Commissioner, (Additional Chief Secretary) Agriculture Production Department; Vivek Bhardwaj, Financial Commissioner (Additional Chief Secretary) Finance Department; Akshay Labroo, Director Information & Public Relations Department; Rahul Singh, Additional Chief Executive Officer, SASB; Anup Kumar Soni, OSD to CEO SASB and other officers were present on the occasion at Raj Bhawan.

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