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Manipur mulls helicopter services
 IMPHAL, Feb 14 - Manipur Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh on Wednesday said that the State government is planning to introduce the first-ever helicopter services in the hill areas considering the public demand for the improvement of connectivity in the interior areas.

Chief Minister Biren was replying to a question raised by Opposition Congress MLA Dr Chaltonlien Amo during the day’s question and answer session of the Assembly.

The helicopter service will cover Imphal-Moreh sector and Imphal-Tamenglong-Jiribam sector (under Imphal West, Jiribam and Tamenglong districts) in the first phase, Biren said. Imphal-Tipaimukh, Imphal-Henglep, Imphal-Thanlon and Imphal-Parbung (under Imphal West, Pherzawl and Churachandpur districts) will be covered in the second phase.

“However the date of commissioning of the helicopter service is not yet finalised,” he added. “The approval of the Ministry of Civil Aviation is awaited.”

On June 24, 2017, Biren Singh reintroduced the public transport systems by utilising 10 Manipur State Transport (MST) buses for 14 different routes in the State capital and districts. The MST will operate city bus service in two routes, both originating from Inter-State Bus Terminus at Khuman Lampak in Imphal.

The transport agency would also initially have Imphal-Noney, Imphal-Moreh, Imphal-Kakching, Imphal-Yairipok and Imphal-Moirang inter-district bus services. The proposed fleet size of the agency will be 150 buses and they would be procured in three phases. Initially, purchase of five buses has been approved by the government. In the first phase, the fleet size will be 16 buses including 10 semi-low floor buses.

Buses originating from ISBT Khuman Lampak would operate on two routes to serve the passengers in and around the city. Similarly, buses originating from old MSRTC complex, Moirangkhom, would also operate on two routes to serve the city and district passengers.

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