In a landmark decision and fulfilling decades old demand of people of Rajouri district, Government of India has given its green signal for Air Service for this border district, sources said.
They said formal information in this regard has been received by district administration today.
Sources in district administration told Greater Kashmir that a proposal for Rajouri Air Service was pending before Government of India for last some years which has finally been permitted by it after completion of due process.
"Government of India gave its nod for the air service two days back and formal information in this regard has been received today by district administration of Rajouri " sources informed.
Sources added that in the first phase, Government of India has allowed operating of chopper between Rajouri and Jammu for two days in a week which include Monday and Saturday.
"On Monday and Saturday, chopper will move between Jammu and Poonch and number of sorties to be made in these days will be decided shortly" sources further disclosed.
It has also been informed to GKNN that Pawan Hans has been allotted the contract for operation of Air Service between Rajouri and Jammu for which Additional Deputy Commissioner Rajouri has been appointed as Nodal Officer.
Sources in the district administration also said that charges for air service have been fixed as two thousand rupee per passenger, while sitting capacity of the chopper will be five or six.
" In the initial phase , landing area of army defence will be used while process for setting up a separate landing ground by district administration has been started and three locations have been notified so far. The administration has been asked to construct the landing area within four to five months " sources also informed.
Deputy Commissioner Rajouri, Dr. Shahid Iqbal confirmed this development and said that Air Service will be started shortly as Government of India has given its nod.