Federal Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Cynthia announced the new helicopter policy on Friday. Under the new policy, 82 helicopter corridors will be created across the country, connecting the two Pune with the Maharashtra capital. Helicopter corridors connect 10 cities across the country.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation has decided to build three corridors to launch the project.
Cynthia said in Dehradun on Friday that we are going to start with three corridors dedicated to Juhu-Pune-Juhu, Mahalakshmi Race Course-Pune-Mahalakshmi Race Course and Gandhinagar-Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar.
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The minister also announced that the government was setting up four heli-hubs — one at Juhu in Mumbai, the second at Guwahati, the third at Delhi and the fourth at HAL Airport in Bangalore.
The new helicopter policy cancels landing fees and parking deposits to increase business activity. The government will also set up a dedicated helicopter-acceleration cell under the Ministry of Civil Aviation to address the problems facing the industry. In addition, the centralized ‘Heli-Seva Portal’ will be upgraded so that all permits for helicopter rides will be issued online.
Welcoming the Centre’s move, aviation expert Thairyashil Vandekar said the new policy was a good and progressive move and would boost helicopter services in Pune. “As an industrial and cultural hub, many individuals are spectators who can avail helicopter services in the city. Currently, this is a very complicated matter due to regulations and restrictions.
Vandegar said only one private company currently provides Pune-Juhu service. “Once the restrictions are relaxed, more players can enter the market and the frequency of service will increase,” Vandegar said.
Sudhir Mehta, President, Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA), also welcomed the move. “The shared shuttle helicopter services between Pune and Mumbai will bring great relief. Reduce increased competition costs and improve services,” he said.
Vandegar said additional heliports could come to many places in Pune and the helicopter service to the airport could serve as a last-minute connecting service for many.