The first heliport in India was opened today, February 28, at Rohini in Delhi by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju. It has the capacity to handle 150 passengers, and has 4 hangers, parking for 16 helicopters, and 9 parking bays.
This is being described as a major and long-overdue event, and it is the first of four such planned in other regions of the country.
The new facility will act as hub for north Indian cities like Agra, Dehradun, Shimla, Mathura, and Meerut.
Tourism, as well as medical missions are among the things that will get a boost from the opening of these heliports. It is also expected to reduce congestion at the Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport.
Secretary Civil Aviation R N Choubey said this is part of India’s national aviation policy – to boost regional connectivity.