Government signs MoU with army to ready Kishtwar airstrip

Project to give fillip to socio-economic devp of region: LG

Jammu: The J&K government and army on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for development and operationalization of airstrip in Kishtwar.
The agreement was signed by Brig Vikram Bhan, Commander, 9 RR and S.Katoch, Commissioner Civil Aviation in the presence of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and MoS PMO Dr Jitendra Singh (through video conferencing) Raj Bhavan.
Sinha said that the airstrip would provide a vital connectivity to the Kishtwar district to benefit both defence personnel and civilians during winters conditions and for medical and other emergencies. Besides, the facility would give a fillip to the socio-economic development of the region.
The operationalizing of the airstrip was pending since 2018.
The airstrip would mitigate the sufferings of the people through the ambitious project, Sinha added.
He observed that the said project is aimed to benefit around 2,50,000 people of Kishtwar.
The Lt Governor hoped that the project would deliver the desired results like increasing per capita earnings in district, owing to higher tourists influx which will facilitate better and quick transport facility through operationalization of airstrip, better Health Indicator (HDI)-low mortality rates, the speedy and crucial transfer of patient to better equipped Jammu hospital will be possible and this will reduce the time taken to travel from 08 hours to less than 30 minutes; better monitoring and administration of the district-the reduction in travelling time (for frequent meetings in Jammu) will leave officers of the district with more time to spare for the public and Integration of people with the main land, large parts of district remain out of bounds for the normal people.


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