Jammu: In view of the escalating fuel costs, the Vaishno Devi Shrine Board on Monday hiked the helicopter fares on Katra-Sanjichhat-Katra sector.
The hike was approved by the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) today after both the operators -- Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd and Global Vectra Helicorp Ltd -- flying on the route had asked for the increase in fares.
"Both the Operators viz Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd and Global Vectra Helicorp Ltd had, for the past several months, have been asking for an increase in the helicopter fare in terms of the Board`s Agreement with both the Operators.
"Their demand is based on the increase in the cost of inputs, particularly the Aviation Turbine Fuel," Additional Chief Executive Officer SMVDSB, Dr Mandeep K Bhandari, said.
The fare has been increased to Rs 800 from existing Rs 699 per passenger for one way journey.
"It is pertinent to mention that the current fare of the helicopter tickets, during the present contract period of April, 2011 to March, 2014, is substantially lower than that which was in vogue earlier.
"Earlier, a one way ticket for an adult passenger used to cost Rs 1,225, this had come down to Rs 699 per side with effect from 1-4-2011," Bhandari said.
The new rates shall be applicable from tomorrow, he added.