Ladakh Lieutenant Governor R.K. Mathur discussed operations and improvement of air facilities in Ladakh with Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri in New Delhi. AIR correspondent reports that Lieutenant Governor R.K. Mathur urged to explore possibilities of Required Navigation Performance (RNP) and relaxation in Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) standards, on the similar lines of Arunachal Pradesh and countries like Nepal and Bhutan for the operation of Q-400 Bombardier turboprop aircraft at Kargil.
Mr Mathur also discussed expediting a feasibility study to be carried by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) of Kargil airport for operation of EA320/B737 aircraft, while studying alternative land for the construction of Kargil airport. Mr Mathur also requested the Minister for necessary efforts to operationalize small fixed-wing aircraft at Kargil and Thoise (Nubra) under the Regional Connectivity (UDAN) scheme at the earliest.
LG also brought exorbitant airfare charged by commercial airlines during the winter months to the notice of the Minister. LG Mathur appreciated services of Pawan Hans helicopters in Ladakh during winter months, medical emergencies and evacuation of COVID patients. Mr Mathur also discussed development of Leh and Kargil as smart cities and strengthening Central Public Works Department (CPWD) in Ladakh for the timely completion of projects.