Imphal, July 30, 2019 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh will re-launch the Manipur Heli Service in the State shortly. All formalities including signing of MoU with Global Vectra Helicorp Ltd has been completed today. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Helicopter Service will be resumed in the State connecting Imphal International Airport with Jiribam, Tamenglong and Moreh.
Shri N. Biren Singh said that the Helicopter service will cater to the critical need for safe, fast and cheap means of transport to people residing in these remote areas. It is another step towards inclusive development. He also expressed his desire to see the extension of the service to other remote locations in the State through an additional number of helicopters.
The BELL 412EP (with 8- 12 seating capacity/less than 15 years VINTAGE) Helicopter will be positioned at Imphal International Airport by 10th August 2019. Trial Landing will be carried out subject to weather conditions in the state.
As per the standing terms and conditions under the protocol of MHA Helicopter Subsidy Scheme, the Department of Transport, Govt. of Manipur floated e-Tender to engage a new service provider for Wet Lease of one Twin-Engine Light/Medium duty passenger helicopter. Finalisation of Tender process could not be completed due to enforcement of Model Code of Conduct of the recently concluded General Elections to 17th Lok Sabha, 2019. M/S GLOBAL VECTRA HELICORP LIMITED, New Delhi – 11008 has been appointed as the service provider for a period up to 31st March, 2020 which may be further extended on the same terms and conditions as approved under MHA letter No. 18/02/2017-NE-ii dated 19/11/2018.
Mentioned may be made that Manipur Heli Service under MHA Helicopter Service was earlier operated by service provider Pawan Hans Ltd. The Pawan Hans Ltd, appointed on nomination basis, discontinued the service in the state w.e.f 09.02.2019.