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Imphal, October 12 2023 – The Government of Manipur, in a significant move to bolster connectivity in the Northeast, has announced a new helicopter service linking the state capital, Imphal, with Aizawl in Mizoram, via the pivotal town of Churachandpur, also known as Tuithaphai.
The service, set to operate every Friday, promises to strengthen the ties between these pivotal Northeastern regions, ensuring swift and efficient transport options for the populace. According to a notice released on October 10, 2023, by the Transport Department, the helicopter will initiate its route from the Imphal International Airport, make its stop at Churachandpur, and then proceed to its final destination, Aizawl.
Ticket bookings for this service can be conveniently made at Room No 3, Mini Secretariat, Tuibong. For those who prefer telephonic bookings, the Control Room is accessible at the landline number 03874-351299 during standard office hours. In Churachandpur, Mr. Suanlianpau Hatzaw, SDC, and Mr. T. Henminlun Wilson Simte, SDC, are the designated officials for ticket reservations.
For the leg of the journey connecting Churachandpur to Mualpui Helipad, the fare has been fixed at a competitive Rs. 4500. The return journey, from Mualpui Helipad via Lengpui Airport in Mizoram back to Churachandpur, is priced at Rs. 6000.
This initiative, spearheaded by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, signifies the central government’s commitment to enhancing inter-state connectivity in the Northeast. The service is anticipated to significantly benefit travelers, business professionals, and officials who regularly commute between these regions.
For passengers in Aizawl, ticket booking assistance is available at Mualpui Helipad. They can reach out to Ms. C. Lalrinfeli at the mobile number 9862374153. Similarly, those embarking from Imphal Airport can seek guidance and assistance from Dinesh, the Security Officer, at 7003611936 and Naorem Bapinchandra, handling Customer Service, at 7005203080.
The introduction of this helicopter service comes at a time when the state of Manipur, particularly the Churachandpur region, has been in the limelight due to ongoing ethnic conflicts and the subsequent humanitarian crisis. As revealed in earlier news reports and discussions, Churachandpur has witnessed a rise in internally displaced persons, and connectivity enhancements like these might play a pivotal role in aiding relief efforts, medical interventions, and the overall rehabilitation process.
Moreover, in the broader context, improved transport links between Manipur and Mizoram will likely boost tourism, trade, and cultural exchanges, potentially contributing to the socio-economic development of the region.
This move is also in line with the central government’s emphasis on improving infrastructure and connectivity in the Northeast, ensuring that the region is not left behind in India’s developmental journey. The Northeast, with its rich cultural tapestry, diverse communities, and strategic importance, has long required improved transportation networks to unlock its full potential.
Residents and frequent travelers in the region have welcomed the introduction of the helicopter service. It offers a faster alternative to road transport, which, given the region’s hilly terrain, can often be time-consuming and less reliable.
In conclusion, while the state and its residents navigate the challenges posed by the ongoing conflict, such proactive measures by the government signal hope and commitment towards a brighter, more connected future for Manipur and its neighboring states.