JAMMU: Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh today said that the state government has decided to submit a proposal to the GOI for developing an alternative airport in Jammu.
Chairing a high level meeting here Saturday, Dr Nirmal Singh said the state government has decided to identify suitable land before approaching the Centre. He asked Deputy Commissioners of Jammu and Samba to start the process for land identification required for developing double runway airport.
The meeting was attended by Divisional Commissioner, Jammu Dr. Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, Deputy Commissioner, Jammu Kumar Rajeev Ranjan, Deputy Commissioner, Samba Sheetal Nanda, Director, Airport Authority of India, Jammu D K Goutam, Chief Engineer, Power Development Department Ashwini Gupta and other senior officers of concerned departments.
The Deputy CM said that arrangements should be made for aerial survey of sites ideal for the construction of the ambitious project.
The Director, AAI informed the meeting that 650 acre land is required for developing single runway and 1,100 acre is required for double strip airport.
Meanwhile, the Divisional Commissioner also informed about the issues pertaining to the expansion of Jammu airport and bottlenecks impeding its speedy expansion.
The Dy CM stressed on the need for close synergy among different agencies involved in the project to overcome the bottlenecks and ensure completion of the expansion project.