Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday said that the Indian Air Force (IAF) was planning to convert Kargil airport into a full-fledged air force base in the state.
"Indian Air Force is planning to convert Kargil airport into a full-fledged air force base in Jammu and Kashmir," state Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather told the legislative Assembly in reply to a query of PDP member Peerzada Mansoor Hussain.
Rather, who presented the budget in the Assembly on Monday, said, "Kargil airport is to be extended by 1,500 feet. The work is being assigned to the Defence Ministry."
The development work of the Kargil Air Force base would commence once the land issuance was settled, he said, adding that a high-level team from the Central government was expected to visit Kargil shortly to draw a road map for resolution of all connected issues.