Sunday, February 07, 2016

IAF to vacate Leh airport, to develop base at alternate site

Srinagar: The airport in Leh will be vacated by the Air Force which will develop its base at an alternate site in the strategically-located district of J&K bordering Pakistan and China under an agreement intended to be finalised by this month end.
Similarly, the Army has agreed to vacate a large tract of land presently under its control in Kargil district, adjoining Leh, in Ladakh, which will be used for the expansion of the town. Army will be given alternate land in lieu.
A meeting held by divisional commissioner (Kashmir) Asgar Hassan Samoon yesterday was told that IAF has agreed to vacate the Leh airport which will be handed over to the Airports Authority of India for expansion as part of efforts to encourage tourism in Ladakh region, an official spokesman said here today.
The meeting, also attended by officials of IAF, Airports Authority of India and civil administration, was informed that the state government has identified land in lieu of the existing IAF airbase in Leh.
06/02/16 PTI/Times of India
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