Monday, October 11, 2021

Helicopter corridors to be set up in 10 cities and 82 routes- 6 dedicated routes to start with

New Delhi : Mr Jyotiraditya Scindia, Minister of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India today said that the concept of helicopter is not new in India, but we need to proliferate it with a structure that will enable the industry to work in tandem with the government to serve people. Helicopter penetration in the country needs to be a priority. We need to provide a landscape that will allow operators to render their services in the spirit of true nationhood. Thoughts must be followed by action, he added.

Addressing the 3rd FICCI Helicopter Summit-2021- India@75: Expediting the Growth of Indian Helicopter Industry and Enhancing Air Connectivity, Mr Scindia announced the new 10-step Helicopter Policy. Elaborating on the policy, Mr Scindia noted that a dedicated Helicopter Accelerator Cell has been set up by the Ministry of Civil Aviation that will look at all industry issues in the sector.

Further, the Minister announced that as a part of this policy, all landing charges will be cancelled, and parking deposits will be refunded. “We are going to be a resource that you can use to facilitate your growth. The third step of the policy will ensure that the AAI and ATC officials reach out to the industry so that we can ensure that adequate training is given to all individuals about helicopter issues,” he said.

Further, to ease doing business, the Minister informed that an advisory group has been constituted on helicopters. “Industry pain points will be addressed at secretary’s or my level. Issues of outdated rules and regulations will be taken care of, he said.

Mr Scindia added that four Heli Hubs and Training Units will be set up in Mumbai, Guwahati, Delhi, and Bangalore. He also said that Helicopter Corridors will be set up in 10 cities and 82 routes. The Ministry will currently begin operations on six dedicated routes to start with. The major routes identified are Juhu-Pune; Pune- Juhu; Mahalaxmi Racecourse- Pune; Pune- Mahalaxmi Racecourse; Gandhinagar- Ahmedabad; and Ahmedabad- Gandhinagar, he noted.

Mr Scindia also mentioned that Helipads will be set up along identified expressways so that evacuation of accident victims can take place immediately. “The Delhi-Bombay Expressway; Ambala-Kotputli Expressway; and Amritsar – Bathinda – Jamnagar Expressway will be part of our HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Services),” the Minister added.

Further, Heli-Disha, the booklet on Administrative Guidance Material on Civil Helicopter Operations, that was released at the event will be given to every collector in every district of the country, the Minister announced. This will ensure awareness is created at the district administration, he added.


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