Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Friday announced 18 new heli-routes to connect the high altitude areas of Uttarakhand besides three new air routes on Dehradun-Pithoragarh-Dehradun, Pithoragarh-Hindon-Pithoragarh and Pantnagar-Pithoragarh-Pantnagar sectors. .
Scindia made this announcement after inaugurating the new terminal building of Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. According to the government, developed at a cost of Rs 325 crore, the new building will be able to handle 1,200 passengers during peak hours.
Scindia along with Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and other dignitaries flagged off the helicopter service on various routes.
Later in several tweets, Scindia said, “We will be building 4 heli-hubs in the country starting from Juhu, Guwahati, Delhi and Bangalore (HAL airport). We have identified 10 cities and 82 routes to develop helicopter corridors across the country, starting from 6 between Juhu-Pune-Juhu; Malalakshmi Race Course-Pune; Gandhinagar-Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar.”