Chief minister N Biren Singh will re-launch the Manipur Helicopter Service in the state shortly. All formalities including signing of MoU with Global Vectra Helicorp Ltd was completed on July 30.
The ministry of home affairs (MHA) helicopter service will be resumed in the state connecting Imphal international airport with Jiribam, Tamenglong and Moreh.
The CM said that the helicopter service will cater to the critical need for safe, fast and cheap means of transport to people residing on these remote areas. It is another step towards inclusive development.
He also expressed his desire to see the extension of the service to other remote locations in the state through additional number of helicopters.
The BELL 412EP (with 8- 12 seating capacity/less than 15 years VINTAGE) helicopter will be positioned at Imphal international airport by August 10. Trial landing will be carried out subject to weather conditions in the state.
As per the standing terms and conditions under the protocol of MHA helicopter subsidy scheme, the department of transport of Manipur government floated e -Tender to engage a new service provider for wet lease of one twin-engine light/medium duty passenger helicopter.
Finalisation of tender process could not be completed due to enforcement of model code of conduct of the recently concluded general elections to 17th Lok Sabha, 2019. M/S Global Vectra Helicorp Limited, New Delhi, has been appointed as the service provider for a period up to March 31, 2020 which may be further extended on the same terms and conditions as approved under MHA letter No. 18/02/2017-NE-ii dated 19/11/2018.
Manipur Heli Service under MHA helicopter service was earlier operated by service provider Pawan Hans Ltd.