Aizawl (Mizonews.Net):Mizoram Aviation Department officials here said the Pawan Hans helicopter service in the State, which completes one year on August 14, 2013, has helped the people in many ways.
“The chopper service is especially helpful in taking patients to city hospitals in case of emergency and on way back to home from the hospitals,” officials told Mizonews.Net.
During the past one year since helicopter service was launched in Mizoram, it has been chartered (due to medical emergency) 21 times, out of which 20 times were within Mizoram, while one was to Guwahati in Assam.
At present, the chopper service is rendered to 10 villages in the State which are – Champhai, Khawzawl, Serchhip, Hnahthial, Lunglei, Chawngte, Lawngtlai, Saiha, Mamit and Kolasib. “Of these, Champhai, Lawngtlai, Saiha and mamit recorded comparatively more passengers,” informed the officials.
NEW HELIPADS SOON
New helipads will be constructed in Champhai, Saitual, Thenzawl and Mamit at the cost of Rs. 92 lakh with support from DoNER.
“The amount has been handed over to the PWD and the work is expected to begin soon,” the officials said.
Helicopter service in Mizoram was inaugurated on August 14, 2012 by Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, with the inaugural flight to Lunglei on the very first day.
From August 21, 2012, the hired choppers started service to different parts of Mizoram. So far, Mizoram government has paid Rs. 1.04 crore to Pawan Hans on May, being dues of rental charge up to December 2012; about Rs 2 crore due is yet to paid.
“Since the helicopter is not allowed to stationed (at night) at Thuampui helipad, but at Lengpui airport only, the expenditure over the chopper service is therefore high,” sources said.