ITANAGAR, Sept 12 - Arunachal Pradesh Government has decided to suspend the operation of Pawan Hans helicopter service in the State till the completion of inquiry into the recent incident of Pawan Hans chopper crash in Tirap district which claimed three lives including the then Tirap DC Kamlesh Joshi.
This decision was taken by the State Cabinet, with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in the chair, here last evening. The State Government has already written to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to conduct a thorough inquiry into the incident to unearth the facts behind repeated accidents of Pawan Hans helicopters in the State.
While safety and security arrangements in operational helipads with allocation of adequate fund were approved, the Cabinet also decided to improve the perimeter security of Naharlagun Helipad with suitable measures.
In addition, the Cabinet also gave its seal of approval to the Arunachal Pradesh Road Safety Policy-2015 to contain �growing� road accidents, injuries and fatalities in the State. Under the policy, safety awareness issues, establishment of road safety information database, safer road infrastructure, safer vehicle, safer driver, etc., would be implemented.
Moreover, the Cabinet also approved the proposal for connectivity to unconnected habitations in border areas of the State under Border Area Development Programme (BADP) as a special case. In all, 72 roads located in 23 border blocks in 12 districts of the State would be taken up under the programme.
It would have a total length of 2098.40 km roads with 219 number of bridges, covering 227 unconnected habitations along the border at an estimated cost of Rs 3345.03 crore, according to an official communiqu� here.