Consequent upon the J&K Government's decision of June 28 to withdraw the Service Tax imposed on helicopter services operating in the state, Amarnath Shrine Board and Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has reduced the helicopter fares for the pilgrims.
According to an official spokesperson, Governor NN Vohra, chairman of Amarnath Shrine Board and Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board had directed Umang Narula, CEO of the Amarnath Shrine Board and AK Sahu, CEO of Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board to review the existing helicopter fares.
"CEO, Amarnathji Shrine Board has informed the Governor that the one way air fare for heli-travel on the Neelgrath-Panjtarni Sector stands immediately reduced by Rs 192 i.e. from Rs 1,715 to Rs 1,523 per passenger and on the Pahalgam-Panjtarni sector the one way fare is reduced by Rs 300 from Rs 2950 to Rs 2650," the spokesperson said.
"In respect of Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, CEO has reported that the one way passenger fare for heli-travel between Katra and Sanjichhat stands reduced by Rs. 120 per passenger i.e. to Rs. 957 against the earlier fare of Rs. 1,077," he added.
In case of Amarnathji Shrine Board Helicopter Services are being provided by UTair India Pvt Ltd and Global Vectra Helicop Ltd for the Neelgrath-Panjtarni-Neelgrath Sector and Himalayan Heli Services Pvt Ltd for the Pahalgam-Panjtarni-Pahalgam Sector and their authorized agents.For Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, the heli-services are run by M/s Global Vectra Helicopter Ltd and M/s Himalayan Heli Services Pvt Ltd, for operation of heli-services in the Katra-Sanjichhat-Katra Sector.