New Delhi: In an official statement released on Sunday, it was mentioned that the online booking of tickets for the helicopter service for the annual Amarnath Yatra will begin from April 25.
Umang Narula, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) said that advance online booking of helicopter tickets for this year’s yatra will commence at 10 AM on Tuesday. He said that SASB has made arrangements with UTAir India Pvt Ltd and Global Vectra Helicorp Ltd for the Neelgrath-Panjtarni- Neelgrath sector and with Himalayan Heli Services Pvt Ltd for the Pahalgam-Panjtarni-Pahalgam sector for providing helicopter services for Amarnathji Yatra commencing on 29th June.
Sources said that the annual Amarnath Yatra would begin on June 29 and conclude on August 7, on the day of ‘Shravan Purnima’ or Raksha bandhan. This year’s yatra will be shorter by eight days against the 48-day event last year.
The CEO said that the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for online booking of heli-tickets have been formulated within the parameters of Air Traffic Services Regulations.
The online ticket bookings will be available through the websites of the respective heli-operators including , www.Utair.com, www.Onlineglobalhelicorp.Com, and www.Himalayanheli.Com.
The guidelines for booking the heli-tickets are available on the board’s website – www.Shriamarnathjishrine.Com. Besides, the links for the heli-operators’ websites for booking of heli-tickets are also available on the Board’s website.
Passengers can book their tickets either online booking, agents appointed by the heli-operators, tour and travel associations or current booking counters at helipads.
Heli-operators have appointed eight agents, four each from Kashmir and Jammu Division for Neelgrath-Panjatarni sector, and six agents for Pahalgam-Panjtarni sector, three each from Kashmir and Jammu Division.
The per passenger one-way heli fare for the yatra has been fixed at Rs 1,715 for Neelgrath-Panjtarni and Rs 2,950 for the Pahalgam-Panjtarni sectors.
However, every yatri shall be allowed to board the helicopter after producing the required Compulsory Health Certificate issued by an authorised doctor or institution.
Thus, every helicopter passenger will have to furnish a Compulsory Health Certificate at the time of boarding at Neelgrath or Pahalgam without which the boarding pass will not be issued to the pilgrim.
The CEO further said that children below 13 years of age, elderly persons above the age of 75 and women who are over 6 weeks pregnant will not be permitted to undertake the pilgrimage.
He also advised yatris to follow the Do’s and Don’ts available on the website issued by SASB, from time to time, for safely undertaking the yatra.