Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) recently operationalized the first-ever helicopter services from Dehradun’s Sahastradhara helipad to Gauchar, and Chinyalisaur under the Regional Connectivity Scheme – Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (RCS-UDAN) of Government of India.
- MoCA awarded the Sahastradhara-Gauchar-Chinyalisaur route to Heritage Aviation under the UDAN 2 bidding process.
- Heritage Aviation will operate helicopter services from Sahastradhara to Gauchar and Chinyalisaur twice daily.
- For the Heli services, Viability Gap Funding (VGF) is provided under UDAN to keep the fares affordable for the common people.
- The services on this route will boost the tourism sector in the Uttrakhand region and will also assist the Chaar Dhaam Yatra pilgrims as Gauchar is en route to Badrinath and Chinyalisaur is en route to Gangotri in the Uttarkashi district.
- Heli services under UDAN are currently being operationalized between Chandigarh to Shimla, Shimla to Dharamshala & Shimla to Kullu.
About UDAN 2
- UDAN 2 (Phase 2) will connect 43 airports and helipads with priority to the North-East and the hill states.
- States with a maximum number of airports and helipads which will see activation under the UDAN 2 scheme.
- These states are Uttarakhand (15 airports), Uttar Pradesh (9 airports), Arunachal Pradesh (8 airports), Himachal Pradesh (6 airports), Assam (5 airports) and Manipur (5 airports). Some of the cities that would now be connected include Kargil, Darbhanga, Kasauli, Bokaro, Dumka, Hubli, Kannur, and Pakyong, among others.