Spiti airstrip project to get fresh impetus


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With China strengthening its infrastructure along its border with India, fresh efforts are being made to build a military-cum-domestic airstrip near the 12,000-feet-high Rangrik village of Spiti valley. After confirming the feasibility of developing an airstrip on a hilltop in the cold desert, the matter is being taken up with the defense ministry, which is mulling to put all possible efforts to execute the plan, sources said.

National Commission for Scheduled Tribe, which is concerned about the safety of people close to border areas of tribal Spiti and Kinnaur, has discussed the matter with the state government and defense ministry. Sources said that Spiti and Kinnaur, which have been used for cross-border smuggling for years, are easy target for China. “I’ve asked Himachal government to take up this matter seriously and the issue is also being discussed with the ministry of defense,” said vice-chairperson of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) Ravi Thakur. “The airport will not only enable our military to reach border areas within few minutes but it will also improve tourism in the area,” said Thakur, who is confident that the airstrip will become operational soon.

Full report here  Times of India 

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