Helicopter services between Kolkata and Digha is no more a dream. The state government will now operate helicopter from the city to the state’s most popular sea side tourist spot from December end.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate the helicopter service and the facility will be available on every Saturday from December 26, said Principal Secretary of the state transport department Alapan Bandyopadhyay.
Seven people can travel at a time and it will take just 45 minutes to reach the destination. The helicopter will take off from Behala Aiport at 10.30 am on every Saturday. The helicopter will from Digha to Kolkata at 2 pm on the same day.
The helicopter will land at New Digha and necessary arrangements have been made for its safe landing. The service will be made available on Saturday targeting the weekend tourists. A person has to pay just Rs 2,000 to fly to Digha from Kolkata in helicopter. Tourism in Digha is likely to experience a boom when the helicopter services are introduced. High end tourists, both from the country and abroad, are likely to avail the service and visit the area.
It may be mentioned that the then Chief Minister BC Roy had set up Digha as a tourist spot in early 60’s. Driving of motor cars on the beach was allowed till the early 80’s.
At present, helicopter services are available from Kolkata to Ganga Sagar, Malda and Balurghat. The service between Kolkata and Ganga Sagar is available on every Sunday. On Fridays a helicopter connects the city with Malda and Balurghat.
The travel agencies are happy with the implementation of the state government’s plan to operate helicopter between Kolkata and Digha. According to some travel operators in the city, lots of tourists express their will to visit Digha when they come to Kolkata and lots of people from the city itself often enquire that when the helicopter service will be available. So the travel operators expect that more people will start visiting the spot.
It may be mentioned that hundreds of people visit the sea side every day round the year. A large number of people visit the place during Christmas and New Year.