Pothashang News Service: Imphal, April 20, 2018: Chief minister N. Biren Singh on Friday announced that a helicopter service would be launched in the state from May 15 this year.
He made the announcement during his maiden visit to newly created Pherzawl district. Biren Singh inaugurated 132/33 KV power sub-stations of Thanlon and Tipaimukh.
Biren said that required funds for the helicopter service would be jointly borne by the Union home ministry and the state government at the ratio of 75:25.
Another passenger helicopter service under central government’s UDAN scheme will start operation within six months, he said while adding that joint secretary of Union civil aviation ministry, Usha Padhee along with the managing director of Pawan Hans Ltd, B.P. Sharma met him to discuss the matter on Thursday.
The chief minister said helipads having necessary infrastructures for running passenger service would be developed at Thanlon, Parbung, Moreh, Tamenglong and Jiribam as soon as possible. Usha Padhee had informed him that opening of necessary procedures for the opening of tender of helipad construction would be completed by last week of May this year, said the chief minister.
The chief minister assured that a 33/11 KV power sub-station would be set up at Molnom at the earliest as requested by the local MLA. He also said that a separate 11 KV power line would be exclusively set for Thanlon sub-divisional headquarters.
He also said that development of sports infrastructures and playground construction would be taken up under central government sponsored Khelo India scheme.
As he could not reach Tipaimukh due to some unavoidable reasons, the chief minister also declared commissioning of 132/33 sub-station of the sub-division at the same function.
Pleading forgiveness to the people of Tipaimukh for not visiting them this time, Biren also assured them to visit the sub-division some other convenient day.
With the commissioning of this new sub-station at Thanlon, the capacity of receiving power from the grid will be enhanced and bring about better distribution of electricity in the area. Receiving and distributing bulk grid power to the existing and proposed 33/11 KV sub-stations at Sinjawl, Parbung, Thanlon, Pherzawl etc. will be ensured benefitting the newly electrified surrounding villages under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana and household connections under the ambitious Saubhagya scheme.
Biren inaugurates power stations at Thanlon
Speaking on the occasion, power minister Th. Biswajit said that the central government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi had set a target to electrify all the villages of the country by 2019 end through its ambitious schemes like Saubhagya and Ujala.
The state government is trying to electrify all the villages of Manipur by this year end, the minister said.
On the other hand, with the commissioning of the sub-station at Tipaimukh, the quality of power supply in Parbung-Tipaimukh area will improve considerably. This sub-station will also serve as an important infrastructure of overall socio economic development of the area.