Airport Transport at Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
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Interiors of Uttarakhand have poor connectivity with the rest of the country. Dehradun Airport is emerging as an important hub for the people traveling into and out of the airport. Uttarakhand diaspora is spread through out India. Many of the people from Uttarakhand now travel into and out of Dehradun by air. They could be soldiers returning home on quick visits, or students coming home during short breaks or people traveling to major cities for treatments which is not available in Uttarakhand.
There are many flight connecting Dehradun airport to major towns like Dehradun, Haridwar and Rishikesh. Many of the these air travelers are govt servants, politicians and business travelers whose travel bills are funded by the respective organisations but increasingly larger numbers are common air travelers, pilgrims and students returning home or traveling to their place of studies. The Dehradun airport is in grip of taxi mafia having political patronage who charge exorbitant fares for a trip to towns just 30-40 km away. The usurious taxi fare is excess of ₹1200 which is more than the AC chair car fare from Delhi to Dehradun. There is no other alternate transport available at Dehradun Airport unless the travelling public arranges it's own.
The air travel to and from Dehradun could become even more popular but for the last mile connectivity. I urge the government of Uttarakhand and civil aviation ministry to start airport coaches and busses from and to Rishikesh, Haridwar and Dehradun to Jolly Grant Airport in coordination with airlines that are providing air services to Dehradun Airport. It will require support from the gverment as these services are bound to be opposed by the existing taxi mafia and their political patrons.
Please support this petition as this is something which will immensely benefit the travelling public and also it is so easy to implement if the government of the day decides to implement it.
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