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University of Mumbai may get chopper services on campus

Officials from Pawan Hans said permissions are not yet in place to turn this idea into a reality

mumbai Updated: Mar 24, 2017 10:05 IST
Shreya Bhandary
Mumbai news
The announcement was made during the signing of an MoU between MU and Pawan Hans Helicopters Institute.(HT FILE)

If all permissions come through, students of University of Mumbai might soon see choppers flying in and out of its Kalina campus. The university on Thursday announced their plan to start chopper services in partnership with Pawan Hans from MU’s Kalina campus. However, officials from Pawan Hans said permissions are not yet in place to turn this idea into a reality.

The announcement was made during the signing of an MoU between MU and Pawan Hans Helicopters Institute for the launch of a dual qualification course in Bachelor of Science (aeronautics) and Certificate in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering.

While officials from the university released a statement claiming that a dedicated chopper service – a joy ride called Mumbai Darshan — will start from the Kalina campus from March 28, the chairman and managing director for Pawan Hans, Dr B P Sharma told HT that as of now only a suggestion has been made to start chopper services from the Kalina campus in order to give practical lessons to students of aeronautics. “The MoU signed is for a course, which will be the first of its kind in this industry. MU vice-chancellor has suggested that we start practical sessions for students and we are in support of this move. However, we will now have to start the process of seeking permissions to see if such a feat is possible,” said Sharma.

Officials from MU also claimed that the chopper services for the purpose of Mumbai Darshan will use a helipad available inside the Kalina campus, and students can also avail a 10% discount on these rides. “These rides can only be possible if we get necessary permissions from the appropriate authorities. No such service can begin in a week,” added Sharma.

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