He­li­copter to serve dif­fer­ent pur­poses

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Af­ter all those bids and agree­ment, the cab­i­net has come to the de­ci­sion to bring two H130 chop­pers in the coun­try.

With this it will ful­fill one of the key man­i­festos of the gov­ern­ment. So far un­der the com­mand of His Majesty the King, by hir­ing the In­dian Mil­i­tary he­li­copter 22 peo­ples have been res­cued and saved so far.

Dur­ing the Meet the Press Ses­sion last Fri­day, Ly­onchen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay said, “These two he­li­copters are not pur­chased as it is in our man­i­festos but through proper con­sul­ta­tion and see­ing the need in the coun­try, the gov­ern­ment de­cided to bring so.”

High­light­ing the vi­tal role played by the he­li­copters in res­cu­ing and sav­ing the lives of peo­ple dur­ing the re­cent Nepal earth quake and con­sid­er­ing the na­ture and to­pog­ra­phy of our coun­try, the he­li­copters will be used in times of nat­u­ral calami­ties like flood, earth­quake and dur­ing the emer­gen­cies like ac­ci­dent and pa­tients who is in a crit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion, said the Ly­onchen.

Ly­onchen also added that he­li­copters will en­sure in­vestors to travel around the coun­try within a short span of time and would al­low them to carry busi­ness ac­tiv­ity, More­over the of­fi­cials and bu­reau­crats can travel fast, which in turn will con­trib­ute to­wards the so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the na­tion.

Ex­clud­ing the ex­pen­di­tures for em­ploy­ing pilots and engi­neers, pur­chas­ing two H130 chop­per from Euro­pean man­u­fac­turer Air­bus will cost gov­ern­ment Nu 459.9M (USD 7.3M). and each he­li­copter will cost ap­prox­i­mately Nu 226.8M (USD 3.65m).

De­spite all those for­mal­i­ties and au­tho­riza­tion from the con­cerned per­son, hir­ing he­li­copters takes a quite amount of time and is ex­pen­sive but with the com­ing of these two he­li­copters, we can pro­vide and make these ser­vices avail­able at any time, said Health Min­is­ter, Tandin Wangchuk.

Ly­onpo also noted that hir­ing he­li­copter from neigh­bor­ing coun­tries like In­dia and Nepal takes min­i­mum 24 hours and more­over due to the cloudy weather con­di­tions, it re­stricts such ser­vices to reach on time.

How­ever, with these ser­vices in place, it is ex­pected that the time taken to hire and avail the he­li­copter ser­vices will re­duce by far mar­gin and can reach any ru­ral ar­eas where there is no road con­nec­tiv­ity, for it can land any­where. This will also al­low the tourists to ex­plore the mys­te­ri­ous moun­tains of Bhutan and flour­ish the tourism in ru­ral Bhutan.

The gov­ern­ment plans to launch the he­li­copters by 11th Novem­ber this year, as to com­mem­o­rate the 60th birth an­niver­sary of His Majesty The fourth Druk Gyalpo.

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