Saturday, March 23, 2019

Dedicated spot at airport for heroes in armed forces

Pune: The district administration will construct a “Shraddhanjali Sthaan (place to pay homage)” at the city airport for the armed forces personnel who lay down their lives in the line of duty.
 The Dakshin Maharashtra Sub Area (DMSA), the local military authority, put forth this demand at the first civil-military liaison meeting held at the DMSA headquarter at Ghorpadi on Tuesday.  General Officer Commanding Major General Navneet Kumar of DMSA chaired the meeting.
Pune police commissioner K Venketesham and senior officials from the Pune district administration, as well as the railway and health departments, attended the meeting. Authorities from the Army and Maharashtra Sainik Welfare Board (MSWB) said that a memorial has been constructed at the exit gate of the airport. But it is not an ideal place as only VIPs can pay their tributes at the current location.
 District collector Naval Kishor Ram said a proposal will be prepared with the help of army authorities and then submitted to the authorities concerned. “Acquiring land for this project is the first crucial step and we will have to work in tandem with the Airport Authority of India (AAI). Currently, it is in the process of launching several infrastructures projects as part of airport expansion work,” he said. Recommended By Colombia Ajay Kumar, director of Pune Airport, said, “As we did not attend the meeting, we are not aware of this demand. We cannot comment on the matter at this juncture.
 23/03/19 Times of India