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UP Helicopter Taxi: Services to start soon between Agra-Mathura route in Uttar Pradesh

Helicopter Taxi: To promote tourism in Uttar Pradesh, the government has taken a new initiative to connect tourist destinations in the state with helicopter taxi services. Work has started at full speed on this. Soon, tourists will be able to travel by helicopter between Agra and Mathura Tourist Places.

The government of Uttar Pradesh has launched a tender for the construction, operation and maintenance of the heliports in Mathura and Agra. In this regard, the government has issued a notification and said that the pre-bid will be held on May 31 at noon at the Department of Tourism office, Lucknow. While the RFQ (Request For Qualification) submission date has been set for June 23, 2022.

According to the notification issued by the UP government, the heliports in Mathura and Agra will be built in PPP (public-private partnership) mode. The lowest bidder will be awarded the construction work for the two helipads.

How and where to apply? Request for Qualifications (RFQ) requests can be submitted online at http://etender.up.nic.in with the required fee until 2 p.m. on June 23. Information regarding any changes to the offer (if any) will be provided on the website http://extender.up.nic.in and uptourism.gov.in.

The Uttar Pradesh Department of Tourism came up with the initiative in 2021 and said the service is expected to start in December this year. But for some reason, this service could not be launched that year.

According to IANS, “Most tourists, especially foreigners, visit Agra to see the Taj Mahal due to good connectivity, but the same tourists skip other equally important tourist destinations due to poor connectivity. Helicopter taxi service would prove a boon for these tourists,” said Mukesh Kumar Meshram, Principal Secretary, Tourism and Culture in 2021.

Official sources said the service will ensure tourists reach their destinations and return on the same day, according to IANS.