Mr Conrad call  the meeting of transport department to setup two heliport in the State

Shillong , July 07: The  Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma today convened a meeting with the State Transport department in the presence of Minister incharge  Transport S. Dhar, to discuss and review key projects to be set up in the State.

The meeting discussed the setting up of the Institute of Driving Training and Research (IDTR) in the State. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has a scheme for setting up one Model Institute of Driving Training and Research (IDTR) in the State for the improvement in road safety.

The officials of the State Transport department apprised the Chief Minister that the department had available land at Wahiajer, West Jaintia Hills District and at Jengjal, West Garo Hills District which was donated by the Community free of cost. The Detailed Project Report (DPR) is being prepared for both the locations to be submitted to the MoRTH for funding.

Inspection & Certification Centres (I&CC) are required to be setup for the issue of fitness certificates for all categories of vehicles and for undergoing mandatory idle emission tests. The Central Government provides 100% capital investment towards construction of buildings, establishment of utilities, and the test equipment/lane for the centre.

A typical incharge  centre consisting of 4 lanes requires a land area of approximately 3 acres. The State Transport department is in the process of identifying suitable land for the setting up of Inspection & Certification Centre in the State.

During the course of the meeting the need for regular and reliable helicopter services was also discussed. The Transport Department is in the process of preparing the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for setting up of Heliport at Umsawli East Khasi Hills District and at Doldegiri, West Garo Hills District to submit the same to the Ministry of Civil Aviation for necessary funding. The officials also informed the Chief Minister that Shillong-Delhi direct flights will soon be operational.

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