To provide better services to pilgrims visiting the cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi, the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) today launched an online reservation system for the yatris availing the helicopter service on the Katra-Sanjichhat-Katra sector.
"The board today launched the online reservation system for pilgrims to avail helicopter services during their pilgrimage to the cave shrine," SMVDSB CEO R K Goyal said.
Goyal, who briefed SMVDSB chairman and state governor N N Vohra in this regard, said, "It is part of its continuing endeavours to provide improved services to the pilgrims visiting the shrine."
He said that after pursuing an entirely transparent bidding process, the one-way passenger fare for helicopter travel between Katra and Sanjichhat has been reduced from Rs1,225 per passenger to Rs699 from April 1, 2011.
Expressing satisfaction at the "very significant" reduction in the helicopter fares, the governor hoped that larger number of senior citizens and all physically challenged yatris would now avail this facility.