MoD gives nod to commercial flights at Adampur air base

  • Ravinder Vasudeva, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Jul 25, 2015 09:51 IST

A crucial hurdle in setting up commercial airport at the Adampur air force station has been cleared, with the Union defence ministry on Friday giving no-objection certificate (NOC) to start commercial flights from the air base.

The confirmation regarding the NOC was given by defence minister Manohar Parrikar through a telephonic call to Union minister of state and Hoshiapur MP Vijay Sampla on Friday afternoon.

“The defence minister called me to inform that his ministry has cleared the proposal to have airport at Adampur. The Union civil aviation ministry is studying the feasibility of commercial operations from Adampur,” said Sampla, talking to HT from Delhi.

Sampla had recently led a delegation of industrialists from Jalandhar to meet Union home minister, defence minister and their civil aviation counterpart to raise the demand for having airport at Adampur.

“Parrikar has asked me to meet him at his office on Monday to get the documents on the project clearance. I have communicated this with the Union aviation ministry, whose representatives are coming to study the viability of flights in August,” said Sampla.

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