On September 20, 2020, the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Army for the development and operationalization of Airstrip in Kishtwar.
- The MoU was signed by Brigadier Vikram Bhan, Commander, 9 Sector Rashtriya Rifles and S. Katoch, Commissioner Civil Aviation in the presence of LG, Manoj Sinha and Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State (MoS), Prime Minister Office (PMO) through video conferencing at Raj Bhavan.
- Airstrip is a location from which aircraft flight operations take place i.e. take-off and landing of aircraft.
How will this airstrip be helpful?
Kishtwar district lies at more than 210 km’s from the nearest airport in Jammu with a population of 2,50,000. This project will cater to the Better Health Indicator (HDI)-low mortality rates as the speedy and crucial transfer of patient to better equipped Jammu hospital will be possible because this airstrip will reduce travel time from 08 hours to less than 30 minute.
- It will also give boost to the socio-economic development of the region increasing per capita earnings in district, owing to higher tourists influx which will facilitate better and quick transport facility through operationalization of airstrip.
Recent Related News:
i.On the occasion of National Panchayati Raj Day on 24th of April 2020, three Panchayats in Jammu andKashmir (J&K) Union Territory-UT & Odisha’s (State) has clinched national awards under separate categories for their outstanding performance in strengthening rural democracy.
ii.The Union Cabinet has given its ex post facto approval for the Jammu & Kashmir (Adaptation of State Laws) Second Order, 2020 issued under section 96 of Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019. This order has further modified the applicability of domicile conditions to all levels of jobs in the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir under the Jammu & Kashmir Civil Services (Decentralisation and Recruitment) Act (Act No. XVI of 2010).
About Jammu and Kashmir:
Capital– Jammu (Winter), Srinagar (Summer).
National Parks (NP)– City Forest (Salim Ali) NP , Dachigam NP , Kishtwar NP.