India's first heliport is now operational!

- Munmun Bhattacharjee   06-03-2017

          


Yesterday was another proud day for India as we got our first heliport. Built on an investment of Rs.100 crore, this is definitely a huge step forward by our country in terms of overall development. It is an initiative by Pawan Hans Ltd and is spread over an area of 25 acres. Its terminal building has a capacity of 150 passengers, four hangars with parking capacity for 16 helicopters and nine parking bays. I remember seeing a Japanese drama about doctors who had a special helicopter named ‘doctor-Heli’, which would save people from critical situations by providing medical help. Well this heliport would cover this and so much more! It is also going to provide evacuation services and disaster management services.

It is believed that the heliport will help reduce rush at IGI Airport and would also provide connectivity to nearby pilgrimages. Delhi Airport currently handles about 40-50 helicopter arrivals and departures on an average daily basis besides the large-scale fixed-wing operations. All facilities are available here including maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities.

Inaugurated by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, at Rohini in North Delhi, Mr. Raju said:

 

"We are excited. This is the first facility in South Asia. Of course, in terms of passengers' traffic, India is the fastest growing in the world. Somehow in helicopter and cargo, we have lagged behind. So we need to pull up our socks. If we have to take it (helicopter industry) to the higher level, (then) it needs training (training in skill development),"

 

He also said:

"As of now, except the armed forces, everybody else goes abroad for training. We are trying to bring training and MRO works back to the country because that creates jobs. Overall, it (the heliport) is a step in right direction." 

The first flyers from Rohini heliport were a group of five young boys and girls from CRY, an NGO that works hard for the right of underprivileged children, and these children were

Taken for a fun ride in the helicopters.