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Indian Air Force To Vacate Airbase At Leh

 
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2016 9:01 pm    Post subject: Indian Air Force To Vacate Airbase At Leh Reply with quote

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Indian Air Force To Vacate Airbase At Leh

Feb 06, 2016

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has agreed to vacate the airbase at Leh district which will be used for expansion of the civilian airport by the Jammu and Kashmir government.

This was stated at a meeting held by the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Asgar Hassan Samoon, with the officials of IAF, Airport Authority of India Limited (AII) and civil administration at his office here on Friday, an official spokesman said.

Mr. Samoon was informed that the state government has identified land in lieu of the existing IAF airbase in Leh.

Similarly, the district officials of Kargil informed Mr. Samoon that in exchange for an alternate site, the Army has agreed to vacate a large tract of land presently under its control, which will be used for the expansion of the town.

The IAF officials, who attended the meeting, said the alternate site offered by the state government in Leh has been examined by experts and they are ready to take over if the state government finalises the deal.

The Divisional Commissioner was also informed that the modalities are being worked out to shift the existing airbase in Leh to Airport Authority of India which will expand it for civilian purposes.

Mr. Samoon said the paperwork to finalise the deals should be done on priority so that it is transferred to the civil government by the end of February.

The Divisional Commissioner said the administration will transfer the airbases to the Airport Authority of India for development.

He said that the transfer agreements should be taken up on priority to fully exploit the huge tourism potential of Leh and Kargil which in turn would generate much needed employment opportunities for local youth.

Meanwhile, the Divisional Commissioner also directed the Airport Authority of India to ensure proper sanitation at the Srinagar airport so that it does not become a breeding ground for dogs and birds, which can pose a threat to the safety of air passengers, besides local population.

Mr. Samoon also directed the Airport Authority of India to explore the modalities for starting night operations at the Srinagar airport.

The Air Force officials informed him that they have already given in writing that they have no issues if the airport hosts flights during night.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioner Budgam Mir Altaf Ahmad, Senior Manager Airport Authority of India Manjeet Singh, Air Commodore AOC 21 wing, AOC Srinagar and other officers of civil administration and Air Force.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2016 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/jammu-kashmir/no-plans-to-vacate-leh-air-base-iaf/193814.html

No plans to vacate Leh air base: IAF

Feb 9 2016

The Indian Air Force has no plans to vacate the strategically important airbase at Leh in Jammu and Kashmir.

Sources in the Ministry of Defence said neither had any such decision been taken nor was the matter discussed at any platform. Speaking to The Tribune over phone, Leh Deputy Commissioner Prasanna Ramaswamy G confirmed the development: “The IAF will not be vacating the base.”

Over the weekend, reports (quoting a press release issued by the J&K government) had emerged that “the IAF has agreed to vacate the airbase at Leh, which would be used for expansion of the civilian airport to promote tourism in Ladakh”.

Officials here admitted that a press release had been issued, and that it “conveyed an erroneous impression”.

The IAF brass today questioned its officers who attended the civil-military liaison meeting chaired by Divisional Commissioner (Kashmir) Asgar Hassan Samoon last week. The base is used for transporting troops, machines, equipment and ration for the Army during the winter months when both the approach roads via Manali and Srinagar are closed due to snow.

Sources said the IAF had only agreed to vacate some land for the expansion of the terminal at the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh.

Located at a height of 10,600 feet, the airport is to get a new terminal building to cater to the passenger rush and for the creation of new parking bays for civil aircraft.

The IAF is learnt to have agreed to the demand by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for requisitioning 11.8 acres of land.

The upgraded facility would accommodate 600 passengers (against 100 at present) and five civilian planes instead of two currently. The expansion project has been hanging fire for the past four years. The land identified for the project belongs to the state government, but it is under the possession of the IAF.

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