He­li­copter ser­vices had been used for emer­gen­cies pur­poses

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor

Dur­ing the ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion in the na­tional assem­bly last Fri­day, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment from Boomdel­ing-Jamkhar Con­stituency MP, Dupthob, ques­tioned to Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions about the trans­parency of the Bhutan He­li­copter Ser­vices and also ful­fill­ing its goals and ob­jec­tives in the coun­try.

In re­sponse to the ques­tion, min­is­ter for in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Ly­onpo D N Dungyel said that within six months of the he­li­copter ser­vices made 38 flights solely for med­i­cal ser­vice as­sis­tance bring­ing pa­tient re­ferred from other Dzongkhags to Thim­phu Na­tional Re­fer­ral Hos­pi­tal, but could made only one flight for crit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion, four flights were made for fight­ing for­est fire pur­poses, 31 flights for of­fi­cial tour, which in­cludes eight flights used by Prime Min­is­ter while visit­ing other Dzongkhags, five flights by other min­is­ter and an­other eight flights by other VIP while visit­ing in the coun­try.

Ly­onpo also added that within six month of es­tab­lish­ment of he­li­copter ser­vices in the coun­try, 32 flights has been availed the ser­vices by the gen­eral pub­lic and 36 flights has been availed by the tourist.

Ly­onpo added that the monthly ex­pen­di­ture for the he­li­copter was on an av­er­age Nu.5.5 mil­lion and the monthly rev­enue earned from the ser­vices was Nu.6.55mil­lion earn­ing a net-profit of more than one mil­lion monthly. While, the rev­enue was cal­cu­lated till the end of March 2016.

Ly­onpo added that he­li­copter was also used for the trans­porta­tion of elec­tri­cal equip­ments and till now 10 met­ric tons of elec­tri­cal equip­ments had been trans­ported for ru­ral elec­tri­fi­ca­tion from Paro to Lingzhi Dungkhag un­der Thim­phu Dzongkhag.

Till now, about 3,3100 for­eign ex­change has been earned. For do­mes­tic pur­pose, Ly­onpo said that for the avail­ing of ser­vices, they are charg­ing only Nu.1, 7800 per hour and for the tourist, they are charg­ing US$5,250 per hour.

Ly­onpo added that to­day we do have some vil­lages in the coun­try which are not con­nected to mo­tor able road, so gov­ern­ment is pro­vid­ing the ser­vices with sub­si­dize rate with Nu.64, 600 per hour.

Mean­while, Ly­onpo in­formed to the house that an­other sec­ond he­li­copter will be ar­riv­ing in the coun­try within three weeks.

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