Shimla: It will now take just 20 minutes to travel from Shimla to Chandigarh on a heli-taxi flagged off by Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Monday.
Thakur launched the service from the Jubbar-hatti airport, 22 km from here. It will be operated on Mondays and Fridays. The Shimla-Chandigarh heli-taxi will take off at 8 am. The return flight will take to the air at 9 am.
The fare has been fixed at Rs 2,999. Operated by Pawan Hans, the service will reduce the travel time from 4 hours to just 20 minutes. The tickets can be purchased online from the Pawan Hans website, while a special counter has also been set up at the airport for this purpose.
Thakur said the services would be extended to Manali and Rohtang Pass. The possibility of starting heli-taxi joy rides for Shikari Devi, Dharamshala, Chamba etc. would also be explored, he said.