Himachal Pushes Plan For Airport Construction Near China Border

China expands its infrastructure along the border at a rapid pace, Himachal Pradesh government has pushed forward construction of an airfield in the cold desert areas of tribal Lahaul and Spiti district, for both civilian and defence purpose.

The state government has directed the district administration to shortlist sites for the construction of the airfield in the area. Confirming the development, Himachal tourism and civil aviation joint director Anil Sharma said, “We have sought a fresh proposal for airport construction from the district administration of Lahaul and Spiti.”

Sharma mentioned that the administration had earlier proposed five sites for constructing the airfield which included Sumnam in Tandi village, Patseo near the army camp on Manali-Darcha road, a site near Thanpatan in Udaipur sub -division and another one located near Phaldar in Losar.

Earlier, as per the directive of previous government, Airport Authority of India (AAI) along with airforce officials had surveyed a site near Rangrik village, 80km away from the border point Kaurik. However, in 2018, the site was rejected on technical grounds by AAI.

According to the report, the areas were not suitable for landing and take-off of fighter jets and big cargo planes.