Saturday, June 16, 2018

Nagaland's new Civil Aviation policy: Yet to take flight

Marking a highly ambitious first day in the office on March 8, the People’s Democratic Alliance government led by newly sworn-in Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio promised conspicuous changes within a matter of hundred days in office.
In policy regarding Connectivity & Civil Aviation, the first Cabinet meeting decided to “formulate a new Civil Aviation Policy to provide air connectivity to remote locations including air ambulances within six months.”
For this, a committee will be set up to submit its report within two months, it added.
When enquired regarding the improvement and services for civil aviation in Nagaland as promised, it was informed that the initiative is in “the proposal stage” and “being vigorously pursued.”
Speaking to The Morung Express, Kenilo Apon, Secretary, Transport stated that the government has reproposed a Greenfield airport at Ciethu near Kohima for big aircrafts, which was earlier proposed in 2004.
Further, it also proposed to open helipads in all the district headquarters and open air strips for smaller aircrafts in the state.
Further, it also proposed to open helipads in all the district headquarters and open air strips for smaller aircrafts in the state.
Adding that the people are unaware of availing helicopter service, he informed that central government- Ministry under Home Affairs also provided passengers or patients with a subsidy of paying only 25%.
15/06/18 Morung Express

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