Ranchi: The VIPs in the state would have to wait little longer again for their new chopper with the extension of the bidding tender date by the state civil aviation department. The global tender for a new helicopter floated by the state aviation department after several deliberations on January 3, 2013 with a bidding deadline of January 12 has again been shifted to January 22.
“I cannot say anything on the tender this moment. The bidding deadline has been shifted to January 22. We will explain the status only after that, said state civil aviation Flight Operations- in charge Captain SP Sinha when asked about the tender and the extension.
The tender floated by the state civil aviation department has called in helicopter manufacturers and their authorized representatives to bid for the twin engine chopper for the state. When purchased, this would be state’s first ever chopper for VIPs. Presently, the state has two hired helicopters managed by the air wing of BSF apart from Dhruv. This is not for the first time that a tender for chopper has been opened. Sadly, a chopper tender was opened and cancelled by the state aviation department last year.
18/01/13 Akansha Priyadarshini/The Pioneer