Imphal, Aug 21,
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today re-launched the Manipur helicopter service connecting Imphal to Jiribam, Tamenglong and Moreh at Imphal International Airport.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister said that the present government decided to introduce Manipur Heli Service so as to ease out the hardships faced by the people living in the remote parts of the State. He continued that the Heli service will cater to the critical need of safe, fast and cheap means of transport for the people.
Chief Minister maintained that the government is also planning to introduce Helicopter service for the tourists which would offer sight seeing experience in the State. Under UDAN-2, the Ministry of Home Affairs has agreed to operate Manipur Heli Service connecting Imphal to Parbung and Thanlon soon, he added.
Chief Minister announced that a new runway would be constructed soon in the Imphal International Airport. The tender process of the project amounting to around Rs 600 crores is almost complete, he added.
Highlighting the Manipur Heli Service, Chief Minister continued that the government has appointed M/S Global Vectra Helicorp Limited as service provider for the Manipur Heli Service for the period upto 31st March 2020. He said that BELL 412EP Helicopter with seating capacity of 8-10 passengers will be deployed for the service.
It may be mentioned that Manipur Heli Service under MHA Helicopter Service was earlier operated by service provider Pawan Hans Ltd.
Deputy Chief Minister, Ministers, MLAs, Chief Secretary, Commissioner (Transport), Director (Transport), Director (IPR), top civil and police officials attended the function.