Governor N N Vohra has asked Defence Minister to intervene in handing over the land that is vital for improving the runway at Jammu airport. Any delay, he said, could trigger an accident, official spokesman here said.
A Raj Bhavan Spokesperson recalled that the Army is required to hand over 136 kanals 08 marlas of Defence land at Satwari to the state government for its eventual transfer to the Airports Authority of India to facilitate the now very long pending extension of the existing runway at Jammu Airport, from 6700 feet to 8000 feet towards the river Tawi end. The government has already handed over 138 kanals 12 marlas of forest land at Sunjwan to the Army in lieu of the Defence land at Satwari which the Army is required to hand over. The Army have so far handed over only 20 kanals of Defence land to the State Government/AAI, despite reminders.