CM launches TML, Moreh chopper service

IMPHAL, 29th Oct: After the recent launch of Imphal-Jiribam helicopter service, chief minister N Biren inaugurated Imphal-Tamenglong and Imphal-Moreh helicopter services at Imphal International Airport on Monday.
The CM officially inaugurated the service of these two routes by cutting ribbon of the ticket counter of Manipur Heli-Service opened at the airport. He also handed over ticket to the first passenger of the Heli-service.
Speaking to media persons, Biren asserted that introduction of helicopter services will enhance connectivity in the state thereby boosting a sense of belongingness and oneness amongst the people. Manipur is a state having many difficult terrains and it takes many hours to reach even the district headquarters. However, people would now be able to reach Imphal within minutes with the introduction of Manipur Heli-Service, the CM said.
Stating that helicopter services may be made operational in many other routes wherever necessary including Ukhrul, Senapati and Churachandpur, the CM said that he had held talks with the authority of Pawan Hans regarding the matter.
Maintaining that the government is extremely concerned about the inconveniences being faced by the people residing in interior areas at the time of medical emergency, Biren further informed that Flying Doctors (air ambulance service) would also be launched within one and a half month. Construction of a helipad at RIMS campus will begin soon, he added.
Responding to query regarding looting of vehicles along NH-37 (Imphal-Jiribam road), Biren said that the state government has always been restraining from exerting force as far as possible. However, it is now compelled to use security forces at the areas where unlawful activities are happening, he said while adding that it is the responsibility of the government to provide safe passage to transporters and travellers.
He had ordered the state forces to conduct a massive combing operation with the help of army and paramilitary forces to nab the culprits, who were involved in robbing the vehicles at Kaimai and burning down of a vehicle at Awang Khul. The government will not spare anyone involved in such illegal activities, and strong action would be taken against them, he affirmed.
Replying to another question regarding highway protection force, the CM said that Centre had approved raising of two IRB units, and necessary procedures to begin recruitment exercise has already been started. A recruitment committee had already been formed and completion of recruitment would take hardly two-three months, he added.
CAF&PD minister Karam Shyam, TA&H minister N Kayisii, agriculture minister V Hangkhanlian, deputy speaker K Robindro, Manipur State Planning Board deputy chairman S Rajen, Manipur Pollution Control Board chairman L Radhakishore, Manipur Building and Other Construction Workers' Welfare Board chairperson Heikham Dingo, Manipur Infrastructure Development Agency (MIDA) vice-chairperson O Lukhoi, Yaiskul MLA Th Satyabrata, chief secretary Dr Suresh Babu, advisor to CM Rajat Sethi, DGP LM Khaute, state information commissioner Dr S Ibocha and transport commissioner M Lakhsmikumar were also present at the function. Funding for the helicopter services is jointly borne by ministry of home affairs and the state government at the ratio of 75:25. Passenger fare for both Imphal-Tamenglong and Imphal-Moreh routes is Rs 2000 while fare for Imphal-Jiribam is Rs 3000 with a baggage allowance of all 5 kg per passenger.
According to our Tamenglong correspondent, the first ever helicopter trip from Imphal Airport to Tamenglong district landed at the helipad of 23 Assam Rifles, Tamenglong at 9:55 am. Later, the trip from Tamenglong with six passengers including a child took off from Tamenglong at 10 am.

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