Srinagar: The government on Tuesday said that during the year 2015 it spent more than Rs 5 crore on repair, maintenance, and fuel charges on State owned helicopters and Aircraft.
Replying to a question raised by MLA Altaf Ahamd Wani about the usage of these facilities, Vishal Sharma Deputy Secretary in a written reply said that an amount of Rs 504.17 lakh had been spent on repair, maintenance, and fuel charges of State helicopters, aircraft from Jan 2015- till December 2015. While the maintenance of these has seen the state spent a whooping Rs 393.84 lakh. Rs 79 lakh has gone for fuel, while Rs 14.09 lakh for parking and landing charges. An amount of Rs 16.92 was spent as Insurance charge. The majority of the rides have seen the state Governor, besides Deputy CM Dr Nirmal Sigh along with some other VVIPs using this facility.
In 2011 the former chief minister of the Sate Omar Abdullah had come under attack after an RTI then reveled that state during three years had spent Rs 12 crore for ferrying chief minister and other ministers to various destinations.
The Civil Aviation Department had said that in FY 2009-2010, the expenditure on the chopper service Rs 4 crores while in FY 2010-11, the expenditure was Rs 5,97,47504, with it spending Rs Rs 78, 08,567 till June of 2011.