State’s second chopper service launched

State’s second chopper service launched
Paiwang Konyak flagging off the chopper service at Dimapur airport. (DIPR)
DIMAPUR, JUN 12 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/12/2019 12:12:44 PM IST

Transport, civil aviation, railways and land resources minister P Paiwang Konyak officially flagged off the State’s second helicopter service from the airport here on Wednesday. The high-end configured air-conditioned helicopter with medical facilities has a sitting capacity for 13 passengers.

With induction of the additional chopper, the helicopter service will now be available on 19 routes from the existing 10. 

While 75 per cent subsidy would be available to common passengers and for medical evacuation cases, VIPs and government servants would not be entitled for subsidies. This was stated in a directive from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Meanwhile, speaking at the flagging-off ceremony, transport secretary Kenilo Apon said the State government had faced lot of problems during the massive landslides caused by rains last year, and had to engage two Indian Air Force choppers to meet the challenges  of evacuation and providing relief as the State’s lone chopper was not sufficient.  Taking note of the matter, he said Paiwang had taken up the matter with the MHA and the latter agreed to enhance the flying hours from 480 hours to 1,200 hours.  Apon expressed gratitude to chief minister Neiphiu Rio and Paiwang for the initiatives they had taken for the welfare of the people of Nagaland. 

The secretary also urged the civil aviation  ministry to ensure that all pilots deputed in the State follow the standard operating procedures so that the good image, trust and confidence of the people would continue to grow.

Senior associate pastor of Dimapur Lotha Baptist Church, Rev Chumben Kyong offered the dedicatory prayer.  After the flagging-off programme, Paiwang, Apon, Rev Chumben, DPRO Dimapur and other officials went for a short chopper ride with captains-- Mukesh and Nair.

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