Imphal: The long-awaited helicopter service between the state capital and smaller towns located in difficult hilly terrains was flagged off at the Imphal International Airport on Monday.
Manipur CM N Biren Singh, along with revenue minister Karam Shyam, tribal affairs and hills minister N Kayisii and agriculture minister V Hangkhanlian, besides MLAs and other officials, attended the launch event.
With the launch of the helicopter service, Moreh and Tamenglong have now got connected to the state capital by air. While Moreh is situated 110 km from Imphal, Tamenglong lies 150 km west of the capital city.
The services will be provided by the Noida-based Pawan Hans Limited with an eight-seater helicopter. Citing the increasing difficulties faced by the people of Manipur to access medical facilities in far-flung areas, the CM also said that air ambulance services would also be launched within a span of a month or two.
The helicopter will ply on a daily basis, except on Sundays and on holidays, and is priced at Rs 2,000 per person.