By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 11 Oct: Another milestone has been achieved in the effort to provide air-connectivity in Uttarakhand. A regular flight was launched today from Ghaziabad’s Hindon Airport for Pithoragarh. It was flagged off by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat at a brief ceremony at Hindon. A nine-seater craft of Heritage Aviation Company will fly six days a week (excluding Thursday) to Pithoragarh. It will leave Pithoragarh at 11:30 a.m. and reach Hindon at 12:30 p.m. It will fly back from Hindon at 1 p.m. and reach Pithorgarh at 2 p.m. Expressing happiness on the occasion, CM Rawat pointed out that the flight would also provide connectivity to Almora, Champawat and Bageshwar. Travel by road is not only time-consuming but also expensive. The flight would prove greatly beneficial to the people, particularly patients needing advanced treatment elsewhere. Pilgrims for the Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra would also benefit. It would also boost tourism. He claimed that the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun was being upgraded to the international level. Recently, the Mumbai-Dehradun- Varanasi flight was inaugurated. Doon had been connected to Mumbai, Varanasi, Jammu, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Patna, Raipur, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, Amritsar, Jaipur, Guwahai, etc. A sea-plane would fly to the Tehri Lake. Pantnagar and Pithoragarh had been connected to Dehradun. Also present on the occasion were Union Minister of State VK Singh, Nainital MP Ajay Bhatt, Almora MP Ajay Tamta and UP Minister of State Atul Garg, among others.