Minister for HRD Ganta Srinivasa Rao inaugurated Heli-tourism from the new helipad at Rushikonda.
He gave away tickets to visitors and hailed off the helicopter. For Best Holiday Destinations, Helicopter tourism is being worked by VUDA in the association with open Sector carrier Pawan Hans
Mr. Srinivasa Rao said for three months the AP Tourism, VUDA and GVMC would run it on a pilot premise.
On an inaugural day, 17 trips were made flying 88 Tourists netting Rs. 2.2 lakh. As per VUDA Vice-Chairman P. Basanth Kumar, 3,944 individuals went to TU 142 Aircraft Museum getting an income of Rs. 2.2 lakh.
Outlining plans for further promoting tourism, the HRD Minister said an aggregate of Rs. 16.82 crore would be spent. Among the advancements proposed are: enhancing Buddhist destinations at Thotlakonda and Bavikonda at a cost of Rs. 10 crores, Tadiguda, and Sarugudu waterfalls with Rs. 35 lakh and Rs. 15 lakh separately, resorts at Lammasingi and Dallapalli with Rs. 5 crore and Rs. 3 crore separately, water sports at Mangamaripeta (Rs. 2 crores), Yarada shoreline (Rs. 1.5 crores), Paryataka Bhavan (Rs. 3 crores), Rs. 12 lakh for Tandava supply, and streetlights and other improvement works at Araku with Rs. 50 lakh are among the works arranged.