If you can afford a small aircraft or a helicopter you may be able to land in Delhi’s northern suburb Rohini. If not, you could still avail private helicopter services to be launched for tourists in remote areas, especially in northern India.
Delhi is set to get its first heliport outside the Palam airport area, where small aircrafts and helicopters land.
The environment ministry has accorded in principle approval for constructing a heliport in 25 acres of barren land in Rohini, a few kilometers away from the Rithala metro station. The proposal, mooted by the civil aviation ministry, will cost Rs 64 crore.
“The heliport is already approved under the Master Plan of Delhi and the environment ministry’s approval is required,” the civil aviation ministry said, adding it will be used for civil as well as military purposes.
The proposed heliport will have sufficient facilities to cater to a sizeable numbers of passengers. A terminal building in 2000 square meters, which can be expanded further, will be constructed. There will be parking facilities for more than 100 passenger cars.
“The ground access requirements will include terminal curbside, roadways, and vehicle parking for employees and visitors,” said the civil aviation ministry’s proposal.
The new air landing facility in Delhi will have at least four hangars capable of maintaining large helicopters such as the Mi 172 of the Indian Army. “It will have all facilities that a small heliport requires,” an official said.
Considering the Terms of Reference (TOR) for the proposal, the environment ministry has stipulated conditions to protect local water quality, compensatory afforestation for 59 trees that will have to be cut and ways to maintain local noise levels.
The environment ministry also asked the project proponents to provide details of solid waste and water waste management to be incorporated at the new heliport. The ministry wants the new project, first of its kind in Delhi, to be environment friendly. If all goes well, Rohini can have its small air space in the next two to three years.