No Link Between IAF Airstrip And Ladakh Stand-Off: Div Com

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Construction work in progress on IAF airstrip in south Kashmir’s Bijbehara on Thursday. Pic Shah Junaid

Srinagar: Construction of a 3.5-kilometre air strip along the Srinagar-Jammu national highway in Anantnag district has fuelled speculations that the emergency landing strip was being constructed in response to the stand off between Indian and Chinese armies in Ladakh region.

However Divisional Commissioner Kashmir P K Pole Thursday said that the work on the run way in Bijbehera area by the Indian Air Force (IAF) is not a new project and rather an old project that got stalled due to the winter.

“There is no connection of work on three-kilometre runway in South Kashmir by the IAF with Indo-China standoff. This has no link with any other issue. It was an old project on which work was suspended due to the winter,” Pole said.

Amid the India-China stand-off in Ladakh, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has started construction of a 3-kilometer long runway along the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway (NH-44) in Bijbehara area of district Anantnag.

The construction work started on Monday and is going on fast pace. “The runway is being constructed by the Air Force,” Major General, A Sengupta, General Officer Commanding (GOC), Awantipora-based Victor Force had stated while addressing a press conference.

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