IMPHAL, Dec 20: The State governmentâ€™s plan for launching of helicopter services in the state is likely to see the light very soon as all preparations for the launching of the service in the state are about to be completed soon.
It may be mentioned that in due considerations of the hardships and inconveniences the people living in far flung hill areas and other interior parts of the state face, the state government had approached the Ministry of Home Affairsâ€™ Government of India to approve the inter-state and inter-district helicopter services in the state like it is done in other parts of the region.
After getting positive indications from the MHA, the state government has started making preparations for developing sites for helipads in various district and sub-divisional headquarters under the initiatives of the state home department on a priority basis.
According to a highly placed official source, the state home department in this regard has instructed all the DCs and SPs concerned of all district of the state to furnish information relating the coordinates, size, altitude and surface, status of helipads for the districts of Tamenglong, Jiribam, Senapati and Imphal for the operation of helicopter service in the state.
Further, the state home department has also sought the official information from the concerned districts DCs and SPs on the numbers of passengers expected to use the helicopter and availability of passenger amenities at the districts. It is also further instructed to furnish the information on approximate flying hours in between Imphal Churachandpur 62kms, Imphal-Parbung 288kms, Imphal-Moreh 110kms and Imphal-Dimapur 210 kms.
The official source further mentioned that, the state government has been prioritizing the early launch of the helicopter service in the state considering the grievances faced by the people especially living in the interior parts of the state due to bad road communication systems.
The project of providing helicopter services in the state will be starting very soon with availabilities of different Army and Para military helipads in every district sub-divisional head quarters of the state and only remaining task is the proper maintenances of the helipads along with additional security which are to be provided for the protections of the helipads, the official source added.