National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 28 February 2017
Minister of Civil Aviation, Ashok Gajapati Raju, today inaugurated India’s first Integrated Heliport at Rohini in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, Gajapati Raju commended the efforts of Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited and emphasized on the need of skill development and pilot training for the ever growing Heli Service industry. This would also help in job creation. Pawan Hans would provide helicopter services and connect cities in and around national capital like Delhi to Shimla, Haridwar, Mathura, Agra, Meerut and Industrial Hubs such as Manesar, Gurugram, Noida and Bahadurgarh.
The Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Shri Jayant Sinha said that the Aviation sector is making history almost every day and that the heliport is one such event. He said that the facility will be useful in providing medical emergency, public safety and enhancing tourism. Shri Sinha also said that helicopter services could become economically viable if the prevailing 25% tax on ATF was reduced.
The Heliport is located 2.5 kns to the Northwest of Prahlad our Bangar village, a distance of 5.5 km in the direction of North West from Rituals Metro Station. The Heliport would provide all helicopter operational facilities and will decongest busy. Indira Gandhi International Airport. Besides providing regional air connectivity in Northern part of the country for regular passenger services, Heli Services, Landing and Parking of Helicopters, Helicopter Maintenance Services (MRO), Disaster Management, Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HeMS), Law and Order Surveillance.
The Secretary for Civil Aviation, Shri R.N. Choubey said that it is part of National Aviation Policy to have four heliports, one in each region and Rohini’s heliport is the first step. He also said that helicopter operations could be shifted from I.G.I to Rohini. The Rohini heliport has been completed in almost two years at a cost of nearly 100 crores. The Heliport consists of a terminal building having capacity of 150 passengers, 4 hangers with parking capacities for 16 helicopters and 9 parking bays.
Phase II of the Heliport would comprise of Technical buildings, workshops and training centre for an approximate cost of Rs 50 Cr. The proposal is at budget approval stage. Pawan has forwarded the preliminary estimates to MoCA for administrative approval.
PHL is working on its business diversification and has devised a Strategic Plan – 2020 according to which company will be diversifying into small fixed wing and seaplane operations; Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) business and development of helipads and Heliports. It is working to develop four “heli-hubs” in line with the concept lines of the “Airport-Hubs” and Rohini is the First step into this series. These heli-hubs will be a one-point solution for the helicopter business and will act as a heliport for public passenger services, MRO facility for helicopter maintenance and also as a skill development centre for training of pilots, AMEs and technicians.
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