Kargil airport to be turned into full-fledged civilian airport
JAMMU: Addressing the concerns from Kargil after the grant of division status to Ladakh, Governor Satya Pal Malik Friday announced that the newly created administrative division will have its headquarters jointly at Leh and Kargil.
Malik Friday met the All Party Co-ordination Committee members from Kargil district after which he announced a slew of measures. The delegation members included Haji Anayat Ali, Chairman Legislative Council, Feroz Khan, Chief Executive Councilor, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Kargil, Haji Asgar Ali Karbali and others.
After the meeting, the Governor announced that the Ladakh division will have its headquarters jointly at Leh and Kargil. There will be offices at both places in Leh and Kargil. Two Additional Divisional Commissioners will be posted, one each in Leh and Kargil. The Divisional Commissioner and IG will spend half their time in Kargil and half in Leh. The periodicity of this will be determined by a committee and the SRO will be revised accordingly.
The Committee constituted by SAC under the Principal Secretary (Planning) will examine and report on the periodicity of the Divisional Commissioner’s and IG’s sitting at Leh and Kargil, identify the posts of Divisional Level heads of various departments that may be required for the new Ladakh Division, their equitable locations at Kargil/ Leh and their staffing pattern. The Committee will submit its report by Feb 24.
The state government will immediately provide Rs200 crores from the JKIDFC and other sources to a separate account to convert the Kargil airport to a full-fledged civilian airport which can handle medium body jets like Boeing and Airbus.
The Secretary (Ladakh Affairs) will constantly engage with LAHDC, Kargil and other peoples’ representatives to improve the development prospects of Kargil.
The co-ordination committee welcomed the Governor’s decision and agreed to call off all demonstrations in Kargil.