Ladakh Div Com Saugat Biswas reviews construction of 36 helipads in UT

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Leh: Divisional Commissioner Ladakh, Saugat Biswas on Thursday reviewed the work on 36 helipads being constructed in the Union Territory and directed the Deputy Commissioners of both Leh and Kargil to hold meetings with Pawan Hans and Airports Authority of India (AAI) so as to design the facilities of high standards. 

Biswas, who is also the in-charge Secretary Civil Avitation, also directed the officials that all the helipads should have the capacity of the landing of Mi-172.  

During the meeting, there was deliberation on the financial and physical achievements of 36 helipads, development of heliports at Leh, Kargil and Zanskar, the status of the hanger at Sindhu Ghat Leh and the operation of Mi-172 helipads at Leh and Kargil. 

The officials informed Div Com Biswas of 36 work projects sanctioned for UT Ladakh, including 19 for Leh and 17 for Kargil. Biswas also exhorted DC Kargil to propose a helipad at Ralakung in the Zanskar sub-district. 

During the discussion on the design and specifications of the helipads, Divisional Commissioner asked the Deputy Commissioner of both Leh and Kargil districts to hold meetings with Pawan Hans and AAI and design the facilities of high standards.  He also directed the officials that all the helipads should have the capacity of the landing of Mi-172.  

Biswas also instructed the officials to construct roads for the helipads and further directed them to submit proposals for the purpose wherever needed. He also directed the officials to put up passenger sheds at helipads at places with high traffic. Executive Engineers were directed to complete the work by end of April 2021. 

He also directed the DCs of both districts to verify the fire service re-certification and renewal at various helipads. Div Com also directed the officials to install fuel-tanks for ATF at decentralised locations in coordination with IOCL.

Deputy Commissioner/CEO, LAHDC, Leh/Kargil; Superintending Engineer, PWD, Leh/Kargil; Executive Engineer, Construction Division, PWD Leh; Under Secretary, Civil Aviation; Tehsildar, Leh (Nodal Officer); Executive Engineer PWD,-II Kargil; Executive Engineer REW,Leh/Kargil and Station Manager, Pawan Hans Limited, Leh, took part in the meeting.