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M’laya seeks DGCA’s help for Chopper service
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAY 30:
Published on 31 May. 2011 1:09 AM IST
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Meghalaya government Monday dashed-off a letter to Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to float tender to operate helicopter services in this mountainous state.
On April 30, the state government suspended operation of Pawan Hans chopper services in the state hours after the helicopter of former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu. “I have written a letter to DGCA this morning (Monday) requesting them to assist the state in floating new tender for providing helicopter service in our state,” Transport Minister, Abu Taher Mondal told Nagaland Post.
He said the license of Pawan Hans to operate in Meghalaya had expired February 2011, but due to requirements of the service it was allowed to operate. In the letter, Mondal said the government also asked the DGCA to recommend the name of empanels consultants to assist the Transport department in preparing the tender document.
“Once the DGCA come forward with our request the government will start the process of floating the tender so that aviation companies would be able to submit their bids,” he said. The chopper service was introduced in Meghalaya March 1988, but the service was suspended after it was found financially unviable.
However, the government re-introduced the helicopter service in 1999 with Union Home Ministry provides 50 per cent subsidy for the service, while the government contributes another 25 per cent subsidy.
The transport department avails the commission of 9 per cent of sale proceeds of the tickets.

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