Himachal Pradesh CM urges PM to construct defence airport in Mandi

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By Accommodation Times Bureau

Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jai Thakur urged PM Modi for construction of defence airport of international standard in Himachal Pradesh keeping in view its strategic location on October 4.

The CM informed the Modi that, “Airport authority after conducting a survey of 3479 bigha land at Naagchala in Mandi district found the site fit for construction of an international airport and landing large aircraft.”

He urged for construction of the airport in Mandi district for defence purposes and added that an Indian Air Force was looking for a safe airstrip in adjoining areas after terrorist attacks on Pathankot airbase, Mandi airport could prove a good alternative as airstrips at Shimla, Kangra and Kullu were not meant for bigger aircraft.

He said that the site had connectivity with the entire state of HP and therefore could prove crucial to combat any threat. He said that the airport would be useful for defence purpose as well as civil use also which would facilitate tourists thereby boosting tourism in the state.

He also talked about the losses incurred in the state during monsoon season. He requested to depute an inter-ministerial team to assess the losses besides providing an interim relief till the report of the team is received to compensate for rain damages.

Narendra Modi assured the Chief Minister of prompt action on demands raised by him, an official statement said.


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