Monday, October 02, 2017

Heli tourism, a non-starter

Tirupati: The much-awaited ‘Heli tourism’ in Tirupati became a non-starter causing disappointment to the denizens and the pilgrims. AP Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) has signed an MoU with Mak Aero Space and Aviation Pvt Ltd to operate helicopter joy rides in Pilgrim City in line with the State government’s proposal to initiate heli tourism in Tirupati, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada.
The proposal was pending for long with APTDC has already acquired land for Tirupati Urban Development Authority (TUDA) near Shilparamam to construct permanent helipad and to provide other passenger amenities. Several operators approached APTDC in the past and expressed their interest to operate joy rides here. Once these rides are started, they wanted to introduce other package tours to surrounding places like Kanipakam, Gandikota and Srikalahasti. But, it never crossed the discussion stage.
It was only in July when the MoU was inked between the APTDC and Mak Aero Space, actual works have gathered momentum. Representatives of Mak Aero Space have visited Tirupati and identified a private land on the backside of Srinivasam which was well known as exhibition grounds to construct a helipad. It was planned to shift it to APTDC’s own site once permanent works are completed there.
02/10/17 Hans India

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