Defence Min rejects proposal for Tawang airport

Last Updated: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 17:39

Itanagar: The Defence Ministry has
rejected a proposal to construct an airport at the Buddhist
town of Tawang as it is located close to the Sino-India
border, the state government said today.

"They have rejected the proposal but I have taken up
the issue with Defence Minister A K Antony and he has assured
me to relook into the demand," Arunachal Pradesh Chief
Minister Dorjee Khandu told reporters here.

At present Tawang, the home district of Khandu, is
linked by a daily helicopter service from Guwahati through
Bhutan.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister alleged that even though
the clearance for a greenfield airport at Itanagar has been
obtained, the Civil Aviation Ministry is delaying
construction.

"I don’t know why the NCP, which is a coalition partner
of the UPA government is taking a step-motherly attitude
towards the Congress-ruled Arunachal," he said.

The state govt has proposed airdropping of PDS items,
especially in border areas to mitigate the hardships of the
people, Khandu said adding that eight unused advanced landing
grounds in different parts of the state have been handed over
to the Defence Ministry for their revival.

PTI



First Published: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 17:39

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