Domestic flights will start shortly from the Uttarlai Air Force Station in Barmer, near the Pakistan border, in response to a senior official.
Ministry of Defense has granted sanction to the Airport Authority of India (AAI) to function air providers from the runway of the Uttarlai Air Force Station, Defense Estate Officer Abhinav Singh stated.
After Jodhpur Air Force Station, this would be the second airbase in Western Sector to permit the operation of civil home flights from its runway.
The airbase performed an vital function within the Indo-Pakistan struggle. The squadron of upgraded MiG-21 Bison is deployed right here.
Defense Estate Officer Singh stated that land measuring 4,568 sqm could be given to the AAI on the annual lease of Rs 10,670 within the air drive station as per the Memorandum of Understanding to be signed between the IAF and AAI.
“Besides this land, a parcel of 7.1 bighas between the adjacent railway line and air force station has already been allotted to the AAI for construction of a terminal for the airport,” stated Singh.
The permission is in pursuance of the regional connectivity scheme ‘UDAN’ launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April 2017 with the target of increasing air providers within the nation and making them financial.
The AAI had expressed its intention to function civil flights from Uttarlai Air Force Station in 2018 conserving in view the rising significance of Barmer as a middle for crude manufacturing and its refining and era of non-conventional vitality.
While development of the refinery and crude exploration by the oil exploration large Cairn Energy is already in full swing in Barmer, many different corporations are engaged in minerals, oil and fuel exploration and photo voltaic and wind vitality era.
The Estate officer stated that the sanction has been granted to the AAI for development of non permanent/minimal infrastructure on and close to the protection land at/inside perimeter wall and between the railway line and air drive station boundary wall with out alienation/switch of possession of land .
With inputs from PTI