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On March 8, this year, the city of Ben­galuru got the coun­try’s first heli-taxi ser­vice, which flies be­tween Kem­pe­gowda In­ter­na­tional Air­port (KIA) and Electronics City. The six-seater Bell 407 he­li­copter is op­er­ated by the Kochi-based Thumby Avi­a­tion. Now work on the pro­posed eight he­li­pads in the city is set to start soon with the Bruhat Ben­galuru Ma­hana­gara Pa­like (BBMP) pre­par­ing a de­tailed pro­ject re­port (DPR). The BBMP plans to build each he­li­pad on one acre of land with well-equipped fa­cil­i­ties to help the seam­less shift­ing of pa­tients to the near­est hospi­tal and also to ferry VVIPs to avoid the pos­si­bil­ity of cre­at­ing traf­fic jams for the public. To avoid the fi­nan­cial bur­den, it also plans to take up the pro­ject un­der the pri­vate-public-part­ner­ship (PPP) model.

BBMP Mayor R Sam­path Raj said “I met the of­fi­cials of the Direc­torate Gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion (DGCA) in Delhi re­cently to dis­cuss the pro­ject. The of­fi­cials have clar­i­fied that no clear­ance was re­quired to build he­li­pads on the ground level. More of­ten, when traf­fic is blocked for VIP move­ments, it causes prob­lems to the public. To avoid this, we plan to air­lift peo­ple like the Pres­i­dent, Prime Min­is­ter, for­eign dig­ni­taries, Gover­nor or any other key per­sons vis­it­ing

the city.” The Mayor said that land for the he­li­pads had been iden­ti­fied in all the eight zones and added that ten­ders to start the work will also be called soon.

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