Subsidised Helicopter Service for JK and Himachal

The Centre approved operation of subsidised helicopter services in 10 sectors each in Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh to connect inaccessible destinations.

Srinagar-Kargil, Srinagar-Drass, Kargil-Padum-Leh, Leh-Lingshed and Srinagar-Leh are the five probable sectors where the helicopter services will be functional in Jammu and Kashmir.

The central government will subsidise only the cost towards actual number of entitled passengers utilising the helicopter services and no subsidy will be provided for vacant seats.

The subsidy portion of the Home Ministry will be limited to 75 per cent of the operational cost after deducting flat 20 per cent on account of passenger recovery or actual recovery, whichever is more.