Union Defence Secretary calls on CM

The Union Defence Secretary, G. Mohan Kumar, called on the Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, at his residence here this morning and discussed wide-ranging issues relating to prevailing security situation in the State.

During the meeting, Mufti Sayeed referred to several issues, in particular the one related to expansion of Jammu and Kargil Airports, required urgently to broaden the scope of airline operations in the two regions.

The Chief Minister had earlier also discussed the issue with the Union Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar, during his visit to the summer capital in May wherein he had highlighted the imperative need for extending the runway at the Jammu Airport. The Airport at the winter capital is also facing a huge space crunch and needs immediate upgrade to increase its area of operation, keeping in mind the ever-increasing tourist and pilgrim rush.

The Defence Secretary assured early positive consideration of the various pending issues as well as those highlighted by the Chief Minister.

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