To make use of helicopters in various areas in Uttar Pradesh, representatives of the UK Defence and Security Exports, British High Commission and Airbus Helicopters made a presentation before Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Awanish Awasthi.
The ACS sought proposals from Airbus representatives regarding use of helicopters in tourism, policing, emergency medical services, advanced airborne solutions and law enforcement. In addition, instructions have also been given to make proposals available regarding food relief work, crowd control by police, disaster management, medical emergency and for monitoring Naxal areas.
Airbus Helicopter head of business development Aditya Sharma made a presentation on the utility of helicopters for emergency medical services, advanced airborne solutions, law enforcement and disaster management in the state.
“Helicopters can be used for law enforcement, disaster management, health and family welfare, medical supplies and industrial development in Uttar Pradesh,” Awasthi said.
During the presentation, it was also said that the use of multi-role helicopters could be considered for efficient policing, providing cover to new expressways and assistance to the disaster management officers in times of need.
Improved helicopter operations will also help in economic growth, skill development and revenue generation. With the help of helicopters, it will be easy to send medical aid to the remote areas of the state and to reach trauma centres and hospitals in case of emergency.
Regarding the use of helicopters for disaster management and law & order, an Airbus representative said, “The helicopters can be used for relief and rescue work, distribution of food items and medicines among the victims, and firefighting during floods in the state,” Awasthi said.
Apart from this, helicopters can also be used in traffic management during fairs/kanwar yatras, tourism and pilot training, he added.