Waiting for the date of Helicopter Yatra

Weeks before Chardham Yatra, delicate for chopper benefits yet to open

Prior, there were 14 private and four government administrators of helicopter benefits in the valley for Kedarnath and Badrinath journeys. In any case, after the past state government request was disavowed, the number expanded to 18, showing affirmed illicit development of four new helipads.

With under about fourteen days left for the Chardham yatra to start in Uttarakhand, offering process for activity of chopper administration in Mandakini valley, for Kedarnath and Badrinath journeys, has still not begun after the state high court put a stay on it a month ago till further requests.

In February, the (CEO) of Uttarakhand Civil Aviation Development Authority (UCADA) issued a request which denies a past express government's structure on probation of structure new helipads in Mandakini valley. Prior, there were 14 private and four government administrators of helicopter benefits in the valley for Kedarnath and Badrinath journeys. However, after the request was renounced, the number expanded to 18, showing claimed illicit development of four new helipads.

The guidance of the candidate who had documented the case educated that the request tested the 'kind of indirect access section of the four new helipads' in the valley.

In June 2016, the past government had issued a request that banned development of new helipads in the Mandakini valley, which had 14 helipads around then. The UCADA's ongoing request switched that choice, days before the arrival of tenders for beginning chopper transport administrations for Kedarnath yatra. The delicate for beginning chopper transport administrations during the current year's Kedarnath yatra was transferred on the official site on February 26.

In April 2017, the then region justice of Rudraprayag had gotten grievances about unlawful development of a helipad close Badasu area. The region officer, in a letter kept in touch with the sub-divisional justice of Ukhimath in May 2017, had requested to make a move against the illicit development and stop the helipad work.

Now, with two weeks left for the portals of the Chardham shrines to open, officials are getting maximum queries by pilgrims regarding the operation of the heli-services. Official figures show that in 2018, around 1.25 lakh pilgrims used the chopper services for the Chardham yatra.

The High Court heard the case again on Wednesday (April 24) but reserved the order.

A senior official from UCADA, requesting anonymity said, “The moment we get a go ahead from the court, we will start the tendering process and finalise the participants. Before the matter reached the court, we were ready with all the formalities and as it will be an e-tender process, it will not take a lot of time and services will start as per schedule.”

The authority clarified that the tenders have been submitted on the web and now UCADA simply needs to chip away at the specialized piece and once the tenders are opened, the flying areas, hours and cost will be chosen. As per rules, just six choppers can fly at once.

In 2017, Dehradun based Wildlife Institute of India in a report had brought to light that choppers to the Kedarnath shrine, which fly above the sensitive Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary were being flown by heli-companies below the set height of 600m from ground to make more sorties. The noise from the low flying choppers increase stress levels in animals, disturb their hormonal balance and lead them to shift from the forest zone. The Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary is home to rare and endangered species like the Musk Deer and Himalayan Tahr.

In October 2018, a comparable report was sent by the divisional woodland officer of Kedarnath to the state backwoods office raising alert about choppers abusing aeronautics standards. This report likewise referenced that according to standards set by National Green Tribunal, helicopter organizations are required to send altimeter information to DFO Kedarnath every other week yet the information was not sent routinely and a few organizations did not send the information by any stretch of the imagination.

Then, in front of the yatra season, Satpal Maharaj, the travel industry serve in the state said that the legislature will take up this issue in the following gathering. "We are additionally attempting to concentrate on the best way to encourage the entry of outside visitors for the Chardham yatra," the pastor said.