Major heliports to be set up in Uttar Pradesh to operate copter taxis

After launching expressway projects worth almost Rs 1 trillion, the Uttar Pradesh government is now betting big on the aviation sector to propel the state’s economic growth.

Air travel, comprising both business and leisure, is expected to give a fillip to the socioeconomic landscape by attracting fresh investment. It would also ramp up infrastructure and create jobs.

Helitaxi service will also help in giving tourism a boost in these cities. 

The Yogi Adityanath government is facilitating the development of big-ticket airports, including the international aviation hub at Jewar in Greater Noida. It is also setting up heliports at major tourist hotspots like Agra, Mathura and Lucknow.

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The heliports projects, to be developed under the public-private partnership (PPP) model, will be awarded to operators after competitive bidding. The heliport services are slated to be launched in all major religious and ecotourism hubs across the state.

Five companies have already been shortlisted by the UP tourism department. The five companies are Fly Blade India, Rajas Adventure, Oasis, Shaurya Aeronautics and Shirisha Technologies. Fly Blade operates air services in Shirdi (Maharashtra) and Rajas Adventure operates seaplanes in Gujarat.

This initiative is being taken to reduce traffic congestion on roads.

“The financial bids of these companies will soon be opened before the proposal is sent to the state cabinet for approval,” a state government official said.

The heliport services are slated to be launched in all major religious and ecotourism hubs across the state. During this period, the state saw the arrival of nearly 1.25 billion domestic and 12.5 million foreign backpackers.

The government is bullish on aviation’s potential, considering that inward tourist flow to UP surged nearly 27 per cent in the last five years. During this period, the state saw the arrival of nearly 1.25 billion domestic and 12.5 million foreign backpackers.

Major heliports to be set up in Uttar Pradesh to operate copter taxis

In 2018, the UP government promulgated a new tourism policy, which so far has fetched 1,084 tourism development projects worth Rs 3,000 crore. Several tourism projects were also launched at the third ground-breaking ceremony in Lucknow on June 3, 2022.

“The tourism and hospitality sector is witnessing a rapid recovery in the post-Covid scenario. It is leading to a spurt in demand for hotel rooms and allied hospitality services.” 

An Official said.

Terming UP as the driving force of new India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the occasion, launched projects worth Rs 80,000 crore across different sectors, including infra and tourism.

Earlier, projects worth Rs 1.25 trillion had already been launched at the previous two ground-breaking ceremonies. The Adityanath government 1.0 (2017-22) had garnered investment proposals totalling Rs 4.68 trillion at the 2018 Investor Summit.

(With Inputs from Business Standard)

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