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Online booking of helicopter tickets for Amarnath to begin from Apr 27

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Advance of helicopter tickets for the pilgrimage will commence on April 27, Shri Shrine Board (SASB) said today.

The 60-day long annual yatra to the holy cave shrine of in south Kashmir Himalayas will commence on June 28, the shrine board said today, adding the yatra will be longer by 20 days this year.

The standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the of helicopter tickets have been formulated within the parameters of Air Traffic Services Regulations, SASB said.

"The advance for helicopter tickets will commence on 27th April 2018, from 10:00 AM onwards through the websites of the respective heli-operators", Narula added.

In a review meeting held here today, Narula informed N N Vohra, the of the board, that arrangements for online booking of helicopter tickets in collaboration with the heli-operators for the yatra has beenfinalised.

Narula said the links of the heli-service operators to book heli tickets shall be made available on official website of the shrine board.

Simultaneously, advance booking through agents appointed by heli-operators and Tour and Travel Associations will also commence on 27th April, he added.

The per passenger one way heli- fare for Yatra 2018 has been fixed at Rs 1,600 (inclusive of all taxes) for the Neelgrath-Panjtarni-Neelgrath and Rs 2,751 (inclusive of all taxes) for Pahalgam-Panjtarni-Pahalgam sectors.

Narula stated that Yatris who wish to avail Heli services are not required to seek advance registration through the designated as their applications for purchasing heli tickets contain the required information and the same shall be treated as yatra permits for undertaking the pilgrimage.

However, no such Yatri shall be allowed to board the helicopter unless he or she produces a valid compulsory health certificate issued by an authorised doctor or institution.

The of the board advised the heli-operators to ensure that they comply strictly with all the safety requirements and follow ethical trade practices in accordance with the safety regulations prescribed by the DGCA.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 20:55 IST