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Aijaz Asad reviews construction of Helipads in Gurez, Kishtwar, hilly district

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JAMMU: Secretary, Civil Aviation Department (CAD), Mohammad Aijaz Asad, today chaired a meeting of senior officers here at Civil Secretariat Jammu to review ongoing development works of the department besides assessing progress achieved, so far, on the construction of six helipads in various locations of Gurez area of Bandipora district.

The meeting had a detailed review of other issues including the status of Kishtwar Airstrip under RCS-UDAN, the upgradation of Katra (Panchi Helipad) PTB under RCS-UDAN and sea-plane operations under RCS-UDAN Manasbal Lake.

While reviewing the current status of Kishtwar Airstrip and helipad, the Secretary directed the district administration to submit the action documents taken and further course of action at the earliest. The concerned authorities gave details about various aspects of the said project and assured full cooperation in this regard.

The Secretary also reviewed and discussed the proposal from the Ministry of Civil Aviation under RCS-UDAN for up gradation and development of the heliport at Panchi Katra.

Joint Chief Executive Officer, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, informed that requisite land free from all encumbrances for the up-gradation of Panchi Helipad shall be provided at the earliest.

The Secretary also reviewed the present status of Sea-plane Operations at Manasbal Lake, a new mode of transportation under the flagship scheme of UDAN.

He gave directions to the Chief Executive Officer of Manasbal Lake Development Authority and VC, LCMA to take up the pending issues, in this regard, with the Irrigation and Flood Control Department, Srinagar. He stressed upon them to remove all bottlenecks so that the work could be completed in a stipulated time frame.

Deputy Commissioner, Bandipora, ADC Kishtwar, Director Finance CAD, Additional Secretary CAD, CEO Manasbal Lake Authority and other concerned officers from the Civil Aviation Department attended the meeting online and in person.

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