Shimla, Jan 12 (MNN) A heliport near Sanjauli-Dhalli bypass costing Rs 18 crore was inaugurated on Wednesday by Himchal Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.
The heliport will be a boon for high-end tourists visiting the hill state, besides coming in handy in case of medical emergencies due to its proximity to Indira Gandhi Medical College in the state capital.
The three-storeyed heliport has all modern facilities like reception counter, heliport manager office, ticket counter and VIP lounge etc.
It also has porta cabin facilities for arrival of passengers, parking for 50 vehicles, deck for helicopter and safety net.
The heliport is spread in an area of 10.3 bighas of land and has been beautified by mural painting and equipped with CCTV/surveillance system.
The government of India provided Rs 12.13 crore for the construction of heliport under Himalayan Circuit of Swadesh Darshan programme and Rs 6 crore under UDAN-2.
Similar heliports will also come up at Baddi, Rampur and Mandi under Udaan-2 scheme of the government of India.
The Chief Minister said that the state will soon send a proposal to construct new heliports at Reckong Peo, Chamba, Dalhousie, Jhanjeli, and Jawalaji etc to the Ministries of Tourism and Civil Aviation to give fillip to tourism activities in these areas.
Thakur said that special emphasis has been laid on air connectivity along with four-laning of National Highways connecting main tourist destinations in the state.
At present, Himachal has 64 helipads while 38 new ones are coming up, he added.