Thursday, February 15, 2018

Biren mulls chopper service for hills

Imphal: Manipur will soon start helicopter services, after Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland, in its hill districts to facilitate transportation of people residing in far-flung areas.

"Officials of the transport department and civil aviation ministry will finalise the details for introduction of a helicopter service for the hill districts. Two government officials will visit Delhi for the purpose in a couple of days," chief minister N. Biren Singh, who is the leader of the House, told the Assembly on Wednesday.

Neighbouring states Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh already operate helicopter services.

Replying to a question raised by Congress member Chaltonlien Amo, who was elected from the interior constituency of Tipaimukh in the newly created Pherzawl district, Biren said his government's demand to the home and civil aviation ministries is to provide a helicopter service for Manipur.
"Our proposal is the service will be introduced first between Imphal and Moreh (border town) and on the Imphal-Tamenglong-Jiribam route (bordering Assam's Cachar district). In the second phase, services will be operated on the routes of Imphal-Tipaimukh, Imphal-Henglep, Imphal-Thanlon and Imphal-Parbung (in Pherzawl and Churachandpur districts). The Centre has agreed in-principle to our proposal," Biren Singh said.

Stating that the approval of the Centre was awaited, the chief minister said he has been pressing Delhi on the need to introduce helicopter services in the state in view of the poor road communication network.
15/02/18 Khelen Thokchom/Telegraph