Helicopter to serve different purposes
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.