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MOHALI: The Himachal Pradesh govt and helicopter services provider Pawan Hans will begin a heli-taxi service between Chandigarh and Shimla. The service will be inaugurated by chief minister Jai Ram Thakur at Shimla on June 4.

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On Sunday, official spokesperson of Chandigarh International Airport Limited, Depesh Joshi,  said that the heli-taxi service will be available every Monday and Friday. After observing the response from the public, the authority may increase the frequency.

The chopper with a capacity of 20 seats and a fare of Rs 2,999 per passenger will depart from Shimla at 8 am and arrive at Chandigarh at 8.20 am. The same chopper will depart from Chandigarh at 9 am and reach Shimla at 9.20 am. It will provide good connectivity between Shimla from Chandigarh and promote tourism, Joshi said.

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Around 15 years ago, the same type of taxi service failed to get much response. The fare was then around Rs 2,500 per person.

Thereafter, a 20-seater ATR aircraft was pressed on to this sector, but it also failed to sustain and the service was called off after a few months.



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