Saturday, January 01, 2022

New Year high: Chopper joyrides from today

Gandhinagar/Ahmedabad: The helicopter joyride service over Ahmedabad will begin on Saturday, January 1. State civil aviation minister Purnesh Modi will flag off the service from the Sabarmati riverfront, an official release said on Friday. People will be shown the major landmarks of Ahmedabad city from the air.

This New Year gift mimics Amdavadis’ soaring spirits. Curfew or no curfew, Amdavadis are flying high on the hope of ringing in the New Year with feast and festivities. While some have chosen to spend time at home with their loved ones, others have already flown or driven out, having planned well in advance.

Airfares have skyrocketed as have the tariffs of hotels at holiday destinations such as Udaipur, Mount Abu, Daman, Diu, Silvassa, and Goa. That clearly suggests people are travelling despite concerns over Omicron and the restrictions imposed by several state authorities.

An Ahmedabad-based HR consultant, Debashree Das, is already holidaying with her husband and friends — both human and furry — on the mountains. “The idea is to take a break from the everyday rigmarole and spend quality time in the lap of nature,” she said. “We drove to Shimla, Manali, Chitkul, Kinnaur Vally, and Jibhi.”

Gayatri Hurra, an Ahmedabad-based entrepreneur, said: “I will devour pastries and good food with friends in the afternoon through the evening.” Hurra added: “Then I will get home to spend time with the family.”

Home gatherings have boosted business, particularly for patisseries and bakeries. Esha Kakkar, the owner of an Ahmedabad gourmet patisserie, said: “The business is good this time and people truly seem to be in a celebration mode.”

As for the chopper service, the official release said the same aircraft will be used as an air ambulance. People will also be able to rent the helicopters to visit prominent pilgrimage sites in the state.

01/01/22 Times of India

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