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Indian Air Force gives its go-ahead for Chaukhutia airstrip along India-China border, clearances awaited from state

By Times of India

Following a site visit, a delegation of senior Indian Air Force (IAF) officials gave its go-ahead to the construction of the Chaukhutia airport along the India-China border.

On Thursday, Air Vice-Marshal Alok Sharma along with senior IAF officials took stock of the selected site and checked helicopter and flight landing status at the site. After inspection, it was decided that the airport should be developed in an area of 50 hectares against the earlier decided 43 hectares. The airstrip is expected to be 2.5 kilometres long and 200 metres wide.

The IAF has been planning to set up an airport at Chaukhutia for almost a decade to bolster its defence preparedness along the India-China border in Uttarakhand. The survey of the land was initially done in 2017 after which multiple site visits have been carried out by IAF personnel. Currently, IAF uses its airbase in Izzatnagar near Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh), to respond to any situation along the India-China border.

Speaking to TOI about the project, RK Pandey, SDM Dwarahat (Almora), said, “The land selected for the project belongs to the irrigation department. DM Almora will soon send a proposal to the state government for its approval.”

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