IAF to convert Kargil Airport into air base



Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday said the IAF is planning to convert Kargil airport into a full-fledged air force base in the state.

"Indian Air Force is planning to convert Kargil airport into a full-fledged air force base in Jammu and Kashmir," state Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather told the legislative Assembly in reply to a query of PDP member Peerzada Mansoor Hussain.

Rather, who presented the budget in the Assembly today, said, "Kargil airport is to be extended by 1,500 feet. The work is being assigned to the Defence Ministry."

The development work of the Kargil Air Force base will commence once the land issuance is settled, he said, adding that a high-level team from the central government is expected to visit Kargil shortly to draw a road map for resolution of all connected issues.

PTI