Kishtwar air strip, Paddar College in pipeline: Dr Jitendra -
Kishtwar air strip, Paddar College in pipeline: Dr Jitendra
Posted 02 Sep 2017 03:13 PM

A functional air strip conducive for the landing of aircraft in Kishtwar and a Degree College for Paddar in the same district are some of the important proposals currently in the pipeline, though there has been some delay due to procedural issues.
This was disclosed here today by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh when Minister of State for Transport (I/C) and MoS R&B J&K Government, Sunil Sharma, who also happens to be MLA from Kishtwar, called on him to discuss a wide range of State related issues, particularly the pending issues related to Kishtwar district.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, the issue of a functional Air strip for Kishtwar has been taken up at the highest level with the Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati as well as MoS Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha. At the same time, he said, the issue is also under the consideration of Ministry of Defence because the NoC clearance for acquisition of a piece of land is required from that Ministry. He said, it was conveyed to him by MoS Defence, Dr Subhash Ramrao Bhamre that formalities regarding issuing NoC clearance from Defence Ministry will be completed very shortly after signing a required MoU for which , the Northern Command authorities will directly get in touch with Sunil Sharma and also seek his intervention with the State government.
Considering the constraints of connectivity in the district, Dr Jitendra Singh said, he had requested the Ministry of Civil Aviation to set up a functional Airport in Kishtwar which can, for the time being, be used for the landing of State aircraft and subsequently, at a later stage, it could also be used for commercial flights whenever feasible. Meanwhile, he said, he has also suggested to Aviation authorities as well as Pawan Hans management to ensure that the recently introduced helicopter service between Jammu and Kishtwar is further streamlined and if possible, later on, similar service could also be extended to peripheral and inaccessible areas like Dachhan, Marwah etc.
As far the Degree College for Paddar is concerned, Dr Jitendra Singh admitted that this is a long pending demand which should have been fulfilled long back but due to one or the other reason, it kept getting delayed. He said, he is constantly in touch with Union HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar so that even if there is any procedural hitch in the routine course, the same College could be granted under the recently launched scheme RUSA (Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan).
Dr Jitendra Singh also brought to the notice of Sunil Sharma, who is also State R&B Minister, the need for better up-keep and maintenance of roads linking Doda and Kishtwar as well as Kishtwar to other interior destinations.

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