Heliport development to be encouraged
Construction of heliports has featured as a key agenda in the Ministry of Tourism’s 100-day programme. The Ministry has recently unveiled guidelines for the development of heliports along with Caravan and wellness tourism.
The Ministry of Tourism will extend financial assistance to State Governments/Union Territory Administrations for construction of heliports with a view to promote tourist destinations in hilly and remote areas of the country. The assistance will be under the Scheme of Product/ Infrastructure Development for Destinations and Circuits.
The projects for construction of heliports will have to conform to the technical requirements prescribed by the Director General of Civil Aviation. Financial assistance will be provided for construction of heliports as a component of destination development projects. The upper limit of financial assistance for heliports has been fixed at Rs. 75 lakhs.
Two projects for construction of heliports at Mangan and Geetang Khola in Sikkim have also been sanctioned under this new initiative of the Ministry of Tourism. Both the projects are likely to be completed within two years.
For the first time any where in the country, the State of Sikkim has been granted Central Financial Assistance for two destination projects that include development of Heliport viz. Destination Development of Mangan Tourist Axis including Heliport in North Sikkim for Rs. 3.29 crore and Destination Development of Geetang Khola waterfall including Heliport in West Sikkim for Rs. 3.25 crore.
Ministry of Tourism shall also provide central assistance, upto Rs5 crore per destination to State Governments/U.T. Admn. under its existing scheme of product infrastructure development of destination/circuits for development of caravan parks in Government sector. Assistance to the level of 25% of the cost can also be provided for procurement of caravans in public sector corporations.