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Mangaloreans to get a taste of hot air balloon ride
Mangalore: This coastal city will see and experience the thrill of hot air balloons. Thanks to the organizers of the Karavali Utsav 2007-08 the ride however will be for few chosen people who will be able to pay as much as 500 rupees per a 20 minutes ride. The 77,000 cubic feet hot air balloon has been brought from Delhi specially for the Karavali Utsav and apart from giving rides to the people, few dare devil para gliders will jump from the hot air balloon and give spectacular show of para gliding during one of the days of the 45 day long Karavali Utsav.
However the tickets appear to be in short supply and people were queuing up for buying that. A local ad agency Nisarga Publicity has been endowed with the right of issuing tickets and the officials of the company say that there was an overwhelming response to the balloon ride and the organising committee was in good mind to extend the duration of the availability of the balloon ride by another fifteen days and also increase the number of rides per day. The balloon has a diameter of 160 feet. The organisers have also decided to send only one balloon up at a time carrying not more than 7 people.
According to the officials of the Karavali Utsav three children from each government schools in the district will get to ride the balloon. Heads of government schools in the city can nominate three students from their schools for the ride.