Environment Ministry Panel Clears Jammu Airport Runway Extension Project


An expert committee of the environment ministry has granted clearance to a project to extend the runway of the Jammu airport with certain riders, including the development of a green belt around it.

The Rs 92-crore project of the Airports Authority of India (AIA) was recommended by the Experts Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MOEFCC) for extension of the runway by 396×45 metres to make its total length 2,438 metres. Presently, the runway is 2,042 metres long.

The EAC, in its recommendation, directed the AAI to strictly comply with conditions like landscaping and plantation, keeping in mind that bird-nesting did not take place.

“The landscape planning should include plantation of native species. The plantation species should be carefully chosen to avoid bird-nesting and to improve pollution control and noise control measures.  Read More

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