Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Union ministry team to check 6 sites for Lahaul and Spiti’s 1st airport

Shimla:To set up the first airport in the remote Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, a team of officials from the Union ministry of civil aviation is going to pay a visit in near future to finalise the site for the project, Himachal Pradesh tribal development minister Dr Ram Lal Markanda has confirmed.
Construction of the airport would be of strategic importance as the district borders China. The proposal has been in the pipeline for 18 years. Now, with this visit, a final decision is expected on the fate of the proposal.
In Lahaul valley, three sites — Shansha, Shumnam and Khanjar — have been shortlisted for the project, while Dankhar, Rangrik and Kibber have been identified in Spiti valley. Now, the central team’s visit will finalise the most suited site for the project. At present, Himachal Pradesh has three airports — at Bhuntar (Kullu), Jubbar Hatti (Shimla) and Gaggal (Kangra), but they are not suited for bigger aircrafts.
According to sources, while China has developed infrastructure on its side, India is yet to privide the required infrastructure, especially to facilitate defence forces. “The construction of an airport in the district will ensure speedy mobilisation of forces,” the sources said.
After coming to power, the BJP government of Himachal Pradesh had sent a proposal to the Centre for the construction of the airport. But the Centre had made it clear that the project would move ahead only if the Union ministry of civil aviation would conduct the survey and clear the site.
03/04/18 Times of India