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Heli-taxi between Shimla-Chandigarh to cut travel time to 20 mins for Rs. 2,999

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Chandigarh to Shimla helicopter service

The possibility of starting Heli-taxi joy rides for Shikari Devi, Dharamshala, Chamba etc. would also be explored: HP Govt

Shimla: The Heli-taxi service between Shimla-Chandigarh was today flagged off from Jubbarhatti Airport near Shimla. The Heli-taxi would start from Shimla at 8 am and would reach Chandigarh at 8.20 am and take-off for Shimla at 9 am, the same day.

The price of the ticket in the Heli-Taxi has been fixed at Rs 2,999 per person inclusive of taxes. The tickets can be purchased from Pawan Hans website

Special counter has also been set-up at the airport for sale of tickets. In the first phase heli-taxi service would be available for two days in a week, i.e Monday and Friday between Shimla and Chandigarh.

Subsequently, this service would be started to the other destinations in a phased manner, it was informed.  

The State Government expects that the initiative would boost the inflow of tourists to the State, hence, also help in creating job opportunities to the local youth.

It was further informed that the Government would also introduce Heli-taxi service between Manali and Rohtang in the first phase. I

In the second phase, the State government said it would start UDAN scheme of the Union Government to connect exquisite areas of the State. The possibility of starting Heli-taxi joy rides for Shikari Devi, Dharamshala, Chamba etc. would also be explored.   

The Union Civil Aviation Ministry has informed that under UDAN-2 three airports of the State were being connected with one each helipad of Mandi, Kullu and Solan and three helipads of Shimla district for heli-taxi service.

Further, HPTDC bus service would ply from Lift Shimla to Jubberhatti and back on the scheduled flight days.

The  Indian Air Force extended water cannon salute to the Pawan Hans helicopter while landing at Chandigarh.

 Additional Chief Secretary Shri B.K. Agarwal, Officers of Tourism department, Pawan Hans and IAF were present on the occasion.

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Monsoon in Himachal: Over 300 Tourists Stranded as Untimely Snowfall, Heavy Rainfall Disconnect Lahaul-Spiti

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Tourists standed in Lahaul Spiti

Shimla– Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, Shimla, on Monday, informed that state has recorded highest ever 102 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours.

The earlier record was that of August 2011 when the state recorded 74 mm of rains, but this record  was broken this year. Shimla, Bilaspur, and Hamirpur have reported extremely heavy rains, informed Manmohan Singh, IMD Director.

While Naina Devi recorded the highest rainfall at 360 mm, Shimla recorded 153 mm of rainfall.

Snowfall, Rainfall Disconnect Lahaul-Spiti, Over 300 Tourists Stranded

Lahaul and Spiti district and Keylong have also recorded snowfall on Saturday and Sunday.

Agriculture Minister and Lahaul-Spiti MLA Dr Ram Lal Markanda visited Lahaul-Spiti on Monday to take stock of the situation. He said that over 300 tourists were trapped between Gramphu and Kaza as the National Highway was blocked. He said efforts would be made to rescue these tourists on a priority basis.

He said Lahaul-Spiti has received as much as six centimetres of snowfall, which has disconnected the district from rest of the state completely.

He further informed that heavy rain and snowfall has inflicted severe damage and Manali-Leh road and Gramphu-Sumdo road were blocked at several places. These blockages have resulted in the standing of tourists in Chandratal, Baralacha, Batal, and various other parts of Spiti. However, he said, all the tourists were safe. Media reports, on the other hand, said that one tourist died in the district. 

He said 127 tourists, who were stranded at Chandratal, have been rescued safely and brought to Kaza.

He further informed that due to a shortage of machinery with BRO, private machines have been deployed to restore the road connectivity. As many as 11 private JCBs have been deployed.

He further informed that farmers are facing loss as they are not able to transport their crop of peas to markets. Also, snowfall and heavy rain have destroyed crops in several places. He said the assessment of the damages would be done as soon as possible and a report of it would be sent to the state government.

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Monsoon in Himachal Kills 25 in 2 Days, Causes Rs. 574 Crores Losses

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Monsoon in Himachal PRadesh kills 2019

Shimla-Monsoon in Himachal Pradesh has killed 25 people during the last two days and caused total losses of about Rs. 574 crores during the current season. During this season, 43 people have lost their lives. 

It was informed by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while addressing the Deputy Commissioners through video conferencing from Shimla today.

Deputy Commissioner (DC), Kinnaur, informed that heavy rains during the last two days have washed away about 8000 apple plants in the district.
DC, Solan, said that major damage in the district was reported from Nalagarh Sub Division.

DC, Kangra, said that about 250 IPH schemes were affected in the district due to heavy rains, out of which most have been restored and remaining would be restored by tomorrow.

DC, Bilaspur, apprised the Chief Minister that 140 roads in the district were damaged and one death was reported due to rains during the last two days.

DC, Mandi, said that efforts would be made to restore the Mandi-Manali Highway.

DC, Lahaul-Spiti, was asked to ensure immediate evacuation of people and tourists stranded in the valley due to untimely snow in the valley.
The state government has released Rs 15 crore to different departments for undertaking restoration works damaged due to torrential rains during the last two days in the State.

State Government has released Rs. 10 crores to the Public Works Department, Rs. 4 crores to Irrigation and Public Health Department, and Rs 1 crore to HP Electricity Board for undertaking restoration works. Deputy Commissioners of the State were directed to immediately assess the damages in their respective districts and submit the report to the government at the earliest.

The Deputy Commissioner Shimla was asked to lay special thrust on the restoration of roads in the apple belt so that the growers do not face hardship in the transportation of their produce to the markets. He said that trees declared as dangerous must also be identified and removed so as to avoid any eventuality.

The Chief Minister said that the district administrations must also ensure that the locals and tourists do not venture near river beds as a sudden rise in water level could be dangerous. He said that debris and blockage from major National Highways such as Kalka-Shimla and Pathankot- Mandi-Manali must be cleansed at the earliest so as to ensure smooth flow of traffic.

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Himachal Suffered Rs 490 crores Loss This Monsoon, DCs Directed to Keep Close Vigil on Situation

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Loss in Himachal in Monsoon 2019

Shimla- Chief Minister Jairam Thakur today said that the State has witnessed torrential rains during the last two days resulting in landslides, flash floods and falling of trees. He put the official number of deaths at 18 during the heavy rains during the last twenty-four hours in various parts of the State. However, media sources put this number over 20.

He said that the State has suffered a loss of about Rs 490 crore in the State during this monsoon season.

Chief Minister said that Lahaul & Spiti district has witnessed untimely snow yesterday and today morning due to which heavy damages had been reported to crops.

He said that the State Government would ensure time-bound clearances of all the major roads so as to ensure that the people of the State, particularly horticulturists do not face any difficulty in the transportation of their produce to the markets.

Jai Ram Thakur said that all the Deputy Commissioners of the State have been directed to keep a close vigil on the situation and ensure the safety of the locals as well as of the tourists. He said that the tourists have also been advised to stay away from river beds as there was always the possibility of a sudden rise in water levels due to flash floods and heavy rains.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the Deputy Commissioners have also been directed to take a decision regarding closure of educational institutions in their respective districts as per the situation well in time so that the students do not face any inconvenience.

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