The Valley-based travel agents are up in arms against copter service provider Pawan Hans Private Limited accusing it of selling the helicopter tickets to outside travel agents in violation of guidelines laid down by Shri Amarnathji Yatra Shrine Board (SASB).
The local travel agents alleged that Pawan Hans Limited was selling helicopter tickets to the outside travel agents in advance, who later sold them at higher rates.
"The outside travel agents get tickets for morning sorties while the local travel agents are given afternoon tickets which are least preferred and cause huge business losses to the local tourism players," they alleged.
"Yatris prefer morning sorties so that they can return by evening after paying obeisance at the cave. But the company provides morning tickets to some chosen travel agents based in Delhi and in other parts of the country," a leading travel agent said.
He said the Valley-based travel associations had expressed their concern with SASB at its office in Jammu and suggested that morning sorties be given on first-come-first served basis.
"We have been raising this issue with SASB for many years. However, they did not accede to our demands. Delhi-based travel agents continue to take maximum share and also benefits of the tickets," he said.
The travel agents alleged that top executives of Pawan Hans were involved in selling tickets to outside travel companies.
CEO of Pawan Hans Pvt Ltd, didn't pick up the phone despite repeated attempts.
Meanwhile, the tour operators urged the Governor NN Vohra to take cognizance of their grievances and direct authorities to take appropriate action in order to end discrimination meted out to Valley-based travel agents.