RTDC to start helicopter and taxi services for tourists
Makes Net Profit of Rs 125 million from Palace On Wheels
In a board meeting of RTDC, recent initiatives were reviewed, and new and proposed activities were discussed including net profit and Palace On Wheels, among others. The Board Members present in the meeting were the Chairman of Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation Dharmendra Rathore, Dr Gayatri Rathore (IAS) Principal Secretary Tourism, Vijaypal Singh (IAS) MD RTDC, Nathmal Didel (IAS), MD Roadways and Jitendra Upadhyay (IAS) Secretary GAD.
A press conference was organised subsequent to the board meeting where Dharmendra Rathore highlighted that RTDC has made a net profit of Rs 1.25 crore from Palace On Wheels, and it is the only royal train in the world that has resumed services post-Covid and yet managed to make a profit. “Honourable Chief Minister Shri Ashok Gehlot wants to boost tourism in the state and RTDC will play a major role in furthering this interest. We have jointly decided and agreed in today’s meeting to start RTDC taxi services that will offer tour packages to tourists looking to go around Jaipur, Ajmer, Udaipur, Jodhpur and other places,” he said.
He also shared that RTDC is going to start helicopter services for places like Khatu Shyamji, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and Sariska among other locations. He went on to add that discussions have been initiated with the Principal Secretary to begin these services from locations which already have an existing helipad, and then keep adding other locations from thereon. In addition to the business initiatives, employee-friendly decisions have also been taken in today’s board meeting. It has been decided to clear pending promotions of engineers, hotel management staff and even minister cadre staff.
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