Kolkata: In a bid to improve the air connectivity between different districts, the state government has planned to ensure night operation of small aircraft with a seating capacity of around seven to nine.
The West Bengal Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation has floated a tender for interested operators to ensure air-connectivity between districts even at night. It is learnt that the state government is trying to initiate the operation as early as possible.
It may be mentioned that the aircraft will be technically capable to undertake night operations. Common people will be immensely benefitted with the introduction of the flight service as within a very short span of time one could easily reach another city from districts and vice versa.
The pilots and operating crew of the aircraft will have to meet the specifications of Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) while taking VIPs including Governor and Chief Minister on the aircraft.
Moreover, the operator also has to create necessary infrastructure for sale of tickets through outlets and as well as through electronic platform.
The state Transport department will be providing guidelines for the use of the aircraft and possibly the aircraft will operate between airports including Cooch Behar, Malda, Balurghat and Behala.
Soon after coming to power, the Mamata Banerjee government had started taking initiatives to improve air-connectivity between different districts.
The Chief Minister has improved the helicopter facility as well and now the state government is going to introduce small flights between districts that too for operating at nights.
It may be mentioned that more than 26 helipads have been constructed by the state government in districts. The places where helipads have been developed include Digha, Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, Midinapore, Behala, Jaigaon, Dumurjola, Chalsha, Balurghat, Basirhat, Shantiniketan, Cooch Behar, Bankura, Canning, Malda, Behrampore, Krishnanagar, Charrah, Bongaon, Sagar, Jhargram, Haldia, Arambagh, and Chinsurah. Helipads have also been constructed at Mukutmanipur and Falakata.
Helicopter service has also improved the connectivity between the city and north Bengal. People who need to rush to the city with patients for treatment could also avail the service.