State Affairs

North Goa to get helicopter rides again

PANAJI: Goa tourism department development (GTDC) has planned to relaunch its helicopter service from November 1 from the Dauji, Ella-Old Goa helipad, this season.

Introduced in the last tourist season from Agauda fort, North Goa, GTDC was forced to shift the joyrides to the helipad of a starred hotel in Cansaulim in South Goa in the face of opposition from Candolim locals, who had the backing of local politicians, reports The Times of India.

Ahead of the monsoon, in April, GTDC suspended the services till the next tourist season.

In its board meeting last week, an official said GTDC discussed the proposal to shift the helicopter services to North Goa this tourist season.

GTDC chairman Nilesh Cabral had told TOI last month about the prospective re-shift of the heli rides to North Goa, but had declined to disclose new venue.

The joyrides were not profitable in South Goa as logistic problems had entailed increased service cost, Cabral said, and added that public response, too, had not been encouraging and this was reflected in the comparative ticket sales for the three days they were conducted from the Aguada helipad.

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