Uttarakhand Government has instructed to cancel any booking and refund the amount the pilgrims who have registered to avail the heli service.
Sharing this information, Dilip Jawalkar, Secretary - Uttarakhand Tourism, said, "Every year thousands of pilgrims visit Uttarakhand for Chardham Yatra. Keeping in mind the safety of pilgrims from India and abroad, an important decision has been taken by the state government to postpone the Chardham Yatra for the year. Directions have been given to GMVN to refund the amount after excluding the processing fee of Rs 200. The amount will be deposited in the bank account of the pilgrims.”
It is pertinent to mention that the responsibility of booking tickets for Shri Kedarnath Heli service was given to GMVN by the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB). Keeping convenience for the pilgrims, the booking opened from April 2 on GMVN website. Many pilgrims from India and abroad booked the heli service in advance.
Managing Director, GMVN Ashish Chauhan said, “The amount of booking was taken by GMVN on behalf of Heli Operators which then transferred to the account operated by Yes Bank Limited for GMVN. Nearly 11thousand pilgrims have booked Heli services for the season. The decision of refund will bring relief to national and foreign pilgrims."