SRINAGAR: India seems to give reply to Chinese cleverness on LAC in Ladakh and shows its determination to continue to cement its borders with China. Despite standoff between Indian and Chinese armies in Ladakh, India has started construction work of an emergency airstrip
in Kashmir. Men and machinery is at work at Bijbehara in South
Kashmir’s Anantnag district for this purpose.
Around 3.5 kilometers airstrip will be readied to deal any misadventure from Chinese side. Officials, however, said that this was an old project and there was no link between the two. “The work is
for an emergency landing, in case the situation turns bad in Srinagar, flights can land and take-off from here. The total stretch is 3.5 km, and we have to complete the work in eight months,” said Pravin, a
The go-ahead for the project had come many months back, but got stalled due to winter and coronavirus pandemic, the official said. The effort is on to complete the work before snowfalls
and the winter sets in.
To complete the work in given schedule, 100 to 150 people have been engaged. The construction work will be completed within 7-8 months before snowfall starts in J and K. The men at work are Kashmiris and Haryanvi and work is going on smoothly.