Monday, February 01, 2016

Goa Tourism to go ahead with helicopter joy rides

Panaji: Goa Tourism has decided to go ahead with helicopter joy rides in the state amid opposition from various quarters, but cancelled its formal launch slated today.

The helicopter commercial joy rides, as a part of a tourism deal signed with Pawan Hans company, will commence in the state soon, a senior official of the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) told PTI today.

"The scheduled launch of helicopter rides has been cancelled as Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma could not come due to his pre-occupations," he said.

"From tomorrow or day after, we will start the commercial operations. This is a demand of the tourism industry to get high-end tourism," he said.

The GTDC has entered into an agreement with Pawan Hans company to fly Bell-206 helicopters, which will take off from Panaji and land at Aguada helipad across Mandovi river. The helipad was constructed during Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGUM) in 1983 for emergency evacuations.
31/01/16 PTI/Economic Times
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