Chhattisgarh paying only half price for helicopter Kerala is planning to hire
Thiruvananthapuram: Mystery prevails over the state government’s plan to hire a helicopter for tracing Maoists for a higher rent. The helicopter service in Chhattisgarh, which is under extreme threat of Naxals, is hired for half the amount presently fixed by Kerala.
The Kerala government is planning to hire AS365 Dauphin N3 helicopter owned by Pawan Hans Helicopter Services, a Public Sector Company (PSC). The 10-seater helicopter will be hired for Rs 1,44,60,000 for 20 hours per month. Rs 67,926 will be charged for every extra hour.
But a helicopter with similar features is hired by the Chhattisgarh government for Rs 85 lakh for 25 hours from a company named Wing Aviation. According to the explanation given by the Kerala government, they chose Pawan Hans as 11 other states have hired helicopters from them and it is a public sector company.
It is noted that the government is going to sign contract with Pawan Hans avoiding the offer of Chipsan Aviation to rent two helicopters for 46 hours at a price of Rs 56 lakh.
The Chipsan Aviation had offered a single engine helicopter and a twin engine helicopter. However, the government is yet to officially confirm the allegations in this regard.