Wednesday, December 20, 2017

IAF tests new airstrip near international border with China in Uttarkashi

Uttarkashi : A multipurpose Antonov AN 32 aircraft landed in the newly-constructed airstrip in Chinyalisaur region of Uttarkashi district on Tuesday. The trial landings were made by a team of Indian Air Force pilots led by Air Commodore S Banerji from the Allahabad airbase.
The project to construct the airstrip was started in 1992, but the work gained momentum only after the 2013 flashfloods. "IAF pilots made three successful landings and carried out an aerial survey to check the condition of the airstrip, which was found to be satisfactory by the Air Commodore. He said that that the airstrip is suitable for an emergency operation. However, he has asked officials to extend its ending circle by up to five meters and to construct a separation wall between the airstrip and the airport," said Dunda sub-divisional magistrate Saurabh Aswal.
He added that while the airstrip was ready long back, work on the airport and other structures is still pending. "However, we hope that the remaining work will be over within a year. Besides benefiting civilians, the facility will also come handy for the defence forces in case of an emergency."
20/12/17 Abhyudaya Kotnala/Times of India