New Delhi: India’s first heliport was inaugurated on Tuesday at Rohini, New Delhi by Union Civil aviation minister Ashok Gajpathi Raju after a yearlong trial runs. State-owned chopper operator Pawan Hans has handled the project for the ministry with an aim of connecting smaller cities like Shimla, Meerut, Haridwar, Dehradun, Manesar, Agra, Mathura and Bahadurgarh, among others to the National capital.
Spread over an area of 25 acres and set up at an investment of Rs 100 crore, this small airport has facility for 16 helicopters which can land and takeoff from here. 9 parking bays, 4 hangars and a terminal building with capacity for 150 passengers have also been constructed.
The heliport has separate air traffic control, fire and fuelling services area as well as facilities like disaster management, maintenance, repair and emergency medical services. Centre for skill development programs for engineers and pilots is also part of the project.
The move by aviation industry will also help in reducing congestion at the IGI airport, where on an average daily 50 helicopters takeoff and land. The heliport is located near Rithala metro station in Rohini.