The Federations of Associations of Tour Operators (FATO) of Jammu, while extending their gratitude to governor and chairman of SASB N N Vohra for allocating equitable quota of helicopter seats among beneficiaries, has assured quality hospitality to pilgrims undertaking Amarnath yatra.
Syed Sajjad Madni, general secretary, J&K Federation of Tour Operators, hoped that the SASB would cooperate in enhancing the quota of seats to all its stake holders in coming years so that the swelling demands of the pilgrims could be met comprehensively.
“We acknowledge that the SASB as well as the administrative machinery pressed into action to take care of the successful yatra are bound by certain obligations to make it a holistic affair for all stakeholders as far as distribution of quota of seats is concerned, but hope it may take cognisance of the rising demand of the pilgrims every year so that all may be accommodated,” said Madni, adding the only a few member associations are beneficiary of this helicopter seats quota due to limited availability of seats. However, all affiliated with the federation have welcomed the quota allocation.
As per the distribution plan, 25% of the share goes to general sales agents, while another 25% is left for the online clients to avail benefit through the Internet reservation.
The remaining 50% seats are sold on current basis, out which half of the share goes to 12 associations of tour operators in Jammu and Kashmir, which distribute their quota equitably.
The other 25% is sold directly to yatris who do not require any package and hence fall into current sale.
He said as per the duration of the package availed by pilgrims, the associations have set different rates that include pick-and-drop facility and sight seeing. The package starts from Rs 9,900 and may go up to Rs 50,000.