The Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (Tidco) has developed a mechanism called Tamil Nadu Regional Aerial Connectivity through Helicopters (TN REACH), which aims to utilize over 80 unused helipads across the state to provide intercity and town connectivity. This would be possible by leveraging the National Civil Aviation Policy and the Helicopter Policy of the Government of India. According to Thangam Thenarasu, the Industries Minister of Tamil Nadu, TN REACH would establish an intra-state network of aerial routes to enable people to travel between cities and towns using helicopters. The mechanism would rely on two existing initiatives – Heli Disha, which is an administrative manual for helicopter operations, and Heli Sewa, which is an online portal for providing landing clearance for helicopter operations.
The implementation of TN REACH, which aims to create an intra-state network of aerial routes using helicopters, would require collaboration between government agencies, helipad operators, and helicopter operators. By leveraging more than 80 unused helipads across Tamil Nadu, this initiative could provide reliable and efficient intercity and town connectivity, especially in areas with inadequate road infrastructure. In addition, a robust helicopter service could prove particularly beneficial in emergency situations where time is critical. The success of this mechanism would depend on the effective cooperation and coordination between all stakeholders involved.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- Tamil Nadu Chief minister: M. K. Stalin;
- Tamil Nadu Capital: Chennai;
- Tamil Nadu Governor: R. N. Ravi.
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