The state housing and urban development minister Sudhir Sharma on Thursday inaugurated the heli-taxi service to Himani- Chamunda temple, tucked in the Dhauladhar hills.
The heli-taxi service was flagged off from Chamunda near Dharamsala town. The rate for a two-way journey in the heli-taxi service has been fixed at Rs 6,000 per person.
Sharma said the state government had hired a private company to operate a six-seater chopper from Chamunda to Himani Chamunda temple, located 12,000 ft above sea level. “It will be a 10-minute flight from Chamunda temple to Himani Chamunda temple. This has happened for the second time in three years that a heli-taxi service has been started to the temple.
The previous Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government had also engaged a private company to start the service, but the scheme failed to take-off.
Sharma was among the first visitors to take a sortie to the temple on the launching day. He said the service would not only boost tourism activities, but also the business of the locals. Until now the people used to trek 12 km from the lower Chamunda Devi temple to reach Himani Chamunda.