Minister for Transport, Civil Aviation, Railways and Land Resources, P. Paiwang Konyak flagging off the 2nd Nagaland State Helicopter service on June 12 at Dimapur Airport. (DIPR Photo)
Existing and new routes include Kohima, Zunheboto, Mokokchung, Mon, Kiphire, Wokha, Phek, Peren, Longleng, Tuensang, Noklak, Shamator, Aghunato, Meluri, Seyochung, Tobu, Tizit, Pungro and Pfutsero
DIMAPUR, JUNE 12 (MExN): Nagaland Minister for Transport, Civil Aviation Railways and Land Resources, P. Paiwang Konyak officially flagged off the 2nd State Helicopter service on June 12 from Dimapur Airport.
The high end configured Air conditioned helicopter with medical facilities has a sitting capacity for 13 passengers.
With the induction of the additional helicopter, the Helicopter service in Nagaland will now be operating on 19 routes from the present 10 routes. Along with the existing routes which was confined mostly to the district headquarters, new destinations include Aghunato, Tizit, Meluri, Pungro, Noklak, Seyochung, Pfustero, Shamator, Tobu and Peren.
The additional chopper and introduction of new routes, mostly to sub-divisions is expected to be immensely beneficial particularly for people in the remote areas for transporting critical patients during emergencies.
A DIPR report stated that 75 percent subsidy would be entitled only to common passengers and medical evacuation cases. VIPs and bureaucrats/ government servants will not be entitled for subsidies as per the directive from the Ministry of Home Affairs.
During the 2nd helicopter induction programme, Secretary Transport, Kenilo Apon said that the state government has faced a lot of problems during the massive landslides last year, and had to engage 2 Indian Air Force choppers to meet the challenges of evacuation and relief, as the state chopper service was not sufficient.
Taking note of the matter, Minister, Paiwang had taken up the issue with the Home Ministry, Government of India (GoI), where MHA agreed to enhance the flying hours from 480 hours to 1200 hours, he informed. Apon expressed gratitude to Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio and Minister Paiwang for their initiatives taken for the welfare of the people of Nagaland.
The Secretary also urged upon the Managing Director Civil Aviation for ensuring that all pilots deputed in the state follows the standard operating guidelines so that the good image, trust and confidence of the people would continue to grow.
Senior Associate Pastor, Dimapur Lotha Baptist Church, Rev. Chumben Kyong offered the dedicatory prayer.