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Uttarakhand fires: Each helicopter sortie costs the govt Rs 3 lakh

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:49 IST

Combating the fire raging in the forests of Uttarakhand is expectedly burning a hole in the government's pocket. For every litre of water sprinkled by the help of two air force Mi-17 choppers, the state will reportedly pay Rs 85.

As per news reports, the choppers, in an operation which began on 1 May, have used nearly 1.75 lakh litres of water over the forests in 50 sorties till 3 May.

As per estimates, each sortie where 3,500 litres of water is flown by a chopper costs about Rs 3 lakh. The aircraft draw water either from Bhimtal lake near Nainital in the Kumaon division or from the Srinagar reservoir in Garhwal.

As per a report in the Hindustan Times, the state Finance Ministry is expecting a bill of Rs 50 lakh or more.

The gargantuan forest fires which started in February 2016 have razed about 3,500 hectares forestland and claimed six lives so far.

First published: 4 May 2016, 10:55 IST
 
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