DyCM surveys sites for new Jmu airport

TNN Bureau. Updated: 1/2/2018 12:14:56 AM

JAMMU: Inching closer to the realisation of a new Airport of International Standards for Jammu region, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Monday conducted an aerial survey of two proposed sites for the new airport.
Singh conducted the survey in Samba and Nagrota areas, the two proposed sites, an official spokesman said, adding that divisional commissioner, Jammu, Mandeep K Bhandari and deputy commissioners of Jammu and Samba districts also accompanied the Deputy Chief Minister.
Pertinently, last month, the Centre had agreed to a state government proposal for a new airport of international standards in Jammu.
Infact on December 20, it was Singh only to whom the Union Minister for Civil Aviation Gajapati Raju had conveyed the decision of centre when the duo met in New Delhi.
Credible sources point towards coming up of the airport in Samba district as they informed that government had submitted details of the land identified in Samba to the Civil Aviation Minister.
A Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the new airport is being prepared and today's aerial survey points towards expedition of work on this front.
It may be mentioned here that that the Civil Aviation Ministry had cited non-availability of sufficient land in surroundings of existing Jammu airport for making it to the level of international standard, following which the government had pushed for construction of new airport in Samba subject to fulfillment of Aviation Ministry guidelines and conditions while the existing airport will be expanded.
The existing airport would continue to function even after construction of new airport.

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