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Nagaland to get helicopter service

Nagaland is to get a helicopter service to ferry its officials and people but the government said on Thursday that it could operate only up to 40 hours per month.
IANS | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2007 09:08 PM IST

Nagaland is to get a helicopter service to ferry its officials and people but the government said on Thursday that it could operate only up to 40 hours per month.

The approval was granted at a cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi told reporters.

"This decision would facilitate the movement of people and officials of Nagaland," he said.

He said that orders for starting the helicopter service in the state would be issued within one month.

"The overall ceiling of flying hours for the service may be fixed at 40 hours per month," Dasmunsi said.

The expenses to be incurred on running the helicopter service will partly be offset by the fare to be charged from the passengers.

But since the service has been subsidised, 75 percent of the recurring cost will be borne by the union home ministry and 25 percent by the Nagaland government.

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