Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar In Talks With CM of Uttarakhand For Land For Setting Up Air Defence Radars Bases
The recent meeting between Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar, AOC – In C and the Chief Minister of Utrakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat held in Dehradun was very fruitful. A detailed discussion was carried out on the proposals and requirement of land for setting up of air defence radar bases and expansion of existing air bases. It was decided that the State government and IAF will nominate their respective nodal officers who will work jointly to identify land for the set-ups.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) plans to set up Air Defence Radars in three border districts of Uttarakhand including Chamoli, Pithoragarh and Uttarkashi.
The IAF has also proposed to develop a new advance landing ground in the state for execution of its activities in hill areas of Uttarakhand.
The Air Marshal also requested Rawat to make available land for extension of airports in Pantnagar, Jolly Grant and Pithoragarh and for a new airport in Chaukhutia. He said that facilities of radar and air strips at appropriate sites in Uttarakhand were essential in view of the current situation.
The state government informed him that land has been identified in Bhaisoli village of Almora district for setting up Air Defence Radar and process for land availability will be expedited after identification of sites at other places.
A senior official said, “IAF has given a proposal to set up Air Force Radars in three districts and are looking for a suitable site for that. They want land for advance landing ground which can be used for refuelling as well as uploading and downloading of ammunition. The state government is working in coordination with them to do the needful.”