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Chopper service starts
Correspondent KOHIMA:
Published on 24 Feb. 2010 12:42 AM IST
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Regular chopper service formally began Tuesday with first service touching the state capital, Kohima from Dimapur with two passengers on board and later to Mon with five passengers. The flight passengers to Mon included state minister for forest & environment, ecology & wildlife and excise M.C. Konyak, minister for school education & SCERT Nyeiwang Konyak, parliamentary secretary for sports and youth resources Naiba Konyak, MARCOFED chairman C.L. John and DUDA advisor EE Pangteang. They were on their trip to Mon to attend Mon DPDB meeting today in connection with the forthcoming State Road Show to be held in Mon. Interacting with newsmen at Assam Rifles helipad here, minister M.C Konyak said chopper service in the state would be economical and it would save time and expenditure on security matter for VIPs. He also expressed hope that Chopper service would last long and that good service would be provided to the state. Further, the minister also pointed out that service would be beneficial in times of emergencies, where serious patients would be airlifted for medical treatment. Nagaland State Transport (NST) general manager Pekrusetuo Angami said that regular service could not take place as scheduled due to delay in clearance to operate from Assam Rifles helipad by the responsible authority. He, however, announced that from Tuesday regular service would continue. The cost of operation on a five-seater copter has been subsidized by the government. It will provide chartered services to VIPs, government officials and the public. The copter service would be operational on all days except Wednesdays, he added. Chopper service was formally introduced by state chief minister Neiphiu Rio February 1 last.

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