Friday, October 02, 2020

U'khand Seeks Transfer Of 243-acre Forest Land For Expansion Of Jolly Grant Airport

The Uttarakhand authorities have sent a proposal to the National Wildlife Board seeking clearance for transferring 243 acres of forest land to the Airports Authority of India for the expansion of Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, according to an official.

"The proposal for transferring 243 acres of forest land to the AAI for the expansion of the airport, including its runway, has been sent to the National Wildlife Board for its clearance," Additional Chief Conservator of Forests DJK Sharma said on Friday.

The Forest Department proposal may come up for the consideration of the National Wildlife Board at its meeting scheduled for October 5, he said.

The expansion of the airport is necessary considering the strategic importance of Uttarakhand which shares borders with China, he said.

The runway expansion of the airport which is to be taken up in a phased manner as part of the project will make it appropriate for the landing and take-off of all categories of IAF aircraft.

02/10/20 Press Trust Of India/Republic World

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