Sunday, October 29, 2017

IAF raises concern over illegal mining around airport

Mohali: Illegal mining on land around the airport is posing a security threat to it. The Air Force authorities have raised their concern in this regard with the local administration. The issue will also be taken up in the upcoming Civil-Military Liaison Conference in the first week of December.
A senior official of the Mohali administration said the threat to the airport area due to the presence of pits caused by illegal mining was one of the main points of the agenda in the upcoming meeting.
“A number of pits, several of which are nearly 20-foot deep, are present around the airport area. These are the result of illegal mining, which had taken place five to six years ago. These pits are certainly a threat to the airport and the Air Force authorities are also concerned that these would cause problems during the expansion of the airport in the near future,” said the official on condition of anonymity.
Mohali DC Gurpreet Kaur Sapra said the pits were the result of illegal mining. “The mining had taken place around six years ago. Currently, no mining is being done in the area,” said Sapra, adding that the issue was a cause of concern for defence personnel.
28/10/17 Akash Ghai/Tribune