Chief Minister Shri 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 for 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 sightseeing 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.
Stating that Imphal-Mandalay flight service would be started soon, Chief Minister said that the Ministry has agreed to hold a meeting with the flight operators to materialise the plans for the International flight service. Chief Minister said that the State government had urged the Centre to increase the number of flights from Imphal to various parts of the country. He maintained that Imphal-Dibrugarh flight service will be introduced soon.
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 a service provider for the Manipur Heli Service for the period up to 31st March 2020. He said that BELL 412EP Helicopter with a 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.