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Contract for chopper service to Machail yatra awarded
8/6/2011 9:35:11 PM

Much awaited chopper service for Machail yatra will starts its operation from Kishtwar and Gulbgarh (Padder) from August 12, after District Administration Kishtwar awarded contract for providing helicopter services to two private companies
Deccan Charters Limited and Summit Aviation Private Limited for operating Chopper service from Kishtwar and Gulabgarh Padder to facilitate the Machail Yatra pilgrims.
According to the award letter issued vide order No: DCK/LA/302, the two chopper service provider will charge fair from each pilgrim @ Rs 8915 for adults from Kishtwar-Machail-Kishtwar and Rs 5500 from Gulabgarh-Machail-Gulabgarh, the children’s will have to pay half of the fair fixed for the adults.
The order further said that Summit Aviation Private Limited will be allowed to operate only in Machail-Gulabgarh sector, where as Deccan Charters Limited will operate in both sectors viz. Kishtwar-Gulabgarh-Machail. As per the order, the date of commencement of operation will be from August 12 till August 28, but Deccan Charters Limited can pullout its helicopters from Gulabgarh-Machail sector on the morning of August 25, beside this one helicopter of each operator is permitted to operate at a time from Gulabgarh-Machail sector as per the guidelines of Department of Civil Aviation J & K Government.
Both the companies were directed to furnish a copy of passenger liability for death/bodily injury of Rs 7.50 lakh with in the combine single limits insurance cover of Rs 10 Cr each before start of the operation. The royalty charges which were earlier fixed as 10% in tender were also reduce to 5%.The fixed charges were at least 15% more than the charges from previous years.
Meanwhile the Yatra which begins from 1st of August 2011 is going on smoothly and as many as 8000 pilgrims have so far visited the temple of Matta Chandi at Machail to seek her holly blessings.

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