An expert committee of the Union environment ministry has given approval to a project to extend the runway of the Jammu airport, however with certain riders.
The conditions include the development of a green belt around it. A project by the Airports Authority of India (AIA), the expansion worth Rs 92 crore was recommended by the Experts Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change (MOEFCC).
It aims extension of the runway by 396×45 metres to make its total length 2,438 metres. Currently, the runway is 2,042 metres long.
In its recommendation, the EAC directed the AAI to strictly comply with conditions like landscaping and plantation, keeping in mind that bird-nesting did not take place.
It said: “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. The adequate area shall be provided for green belt development and landscaping.”
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