DAINIK NATION BUREAU
Air Marshal AS Butola visited Dehradun and met the chief secretary S Ramaswami in the secretariat on Thursdayagainst the backdrop of the protracted Doklam troop stand-off between the Chinese and the Indian Army. Observers say that the visit was an imperative in view of the fact that Utarakhand shares sensitive borders with China. Though the ice thawed with both the troops having simultaneously withdrawn from the disputed place, things are still tense along the border. He discussed the security of the air fields and the air strips located in Uttarakhand and asked the CS to include Air Force in Civil Military Liasoning Committee. It has been decided that the primary coordination meeting would be held twice a year so that suggestions can be exchanged.
It was also stressed that there should be regular coordination with Air Force in view of the disaster-2013 that ravaged the state. “To better things, the air fields must be upgraded so that the Air Force can be mobilised to render immediate rescue and relief works during the time of disasters. Air Force on its own part would help the state government by all possible means,” Butola said. The Air Force officials also apprised the state government about the report of the state helipad survey.
Chief secretary apprised them that under the regional connectivity scheme (RCC), air service is being upgraded across the state. This would give a fillip to the tourism industry aside from enabling the state to meet exigency, he said.