Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday informed that the ministry has issued a Non Objection Certificate (NOC) for opening a domestic airport at Adampur Airforce station and that the work will start soon after a meeting between Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Air India.
Parrikar said while interacting with party workers and intellectuals in Hoshiarpur Tuesday. The Minister was there to highlight the work done by the Modi-led NDA government in the last 2 years. He also inaugurated a war memorial there.
The need for a domestic airport in Adampur is a long-pending demand by Doaba residents. Around 55 to 60 lakh people from there are settled abroad who have to face a lot of inconvinience to reach the destination. According to an estimate, around 60,000 people take a flight every month from Doaba. During the visit, Parrikar also lauded BJP state chief Vijay Sampla who has been raising the issue since long.
It may also be recalled that last August, a team of AAI had visited the site of Adampur Air force station to check the feasibility as well as viability of the proposed domestic airport. The team then had said that 50 acres of land was further required which was available at the surrounding areas.
When asked that when the Defence Ministry will seize the flying of the outdated MIG fighter planes owing to frequent crashes, he said that the process of phasing them out is on. “Only those are being flown which are still in a good condition,” he said. “The accident rate had come down considerably now to 0.23 per cent per 10,000 flying hours, he added.