Governor writes to the Defence Minister regarding extension of Jammu airport
JAMMU: The Governor Mr. N .N. Vohra, has addressed the Union Defence Minister to seek his urgent intervention to ensure against there being any further delay in handing over of the remaining Defence land at Satwari to the State Government/Airport Authority of India (AAI) for the extension of Jammu Airport.
A Raj Bhavan Spokesperson recalled that the Army is required to hand over 136 kanals 08 marlas of Defence land at Satwari to the State Government for its eventual transfer to the Airports Authority of India to facilitate the now very long pending extension of the existing runway at Jammu Airport, from 6700 feet to 8000 feet towards the river Tawi end. The State Government has already handed over 138 kanals 12 marlas of forest land at Sunjwan to the Army in lieu of the Defence land at Satwari which the Army is required to hand over. The Army have so far handed over only 20 kanals of Defence land to the State Government/AAI, despite reminders.
In his letter to the Defence Minister the Governor has mentioned that any delay in the completion of the runway expansion may result in avoidable accidents.