Edited By rajesh kumar,Updated: Sep 09, 2022 07:39 PM
The Standing Committee of the National Board for Wildlife has approved the proposal for upgradation of Indian Air Force base in an area of 508 hectares at Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.
National Desk: The Standing Committee of the National Board for Wildlife has approved the proposal for upgradation of the Indian Air Force base in an area of 508 hectares in the Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. Apart from this, the Board has also approved nine more strategic projects in Changthang and Karakoram Wildlife Sanctuaries. India wants to strengthen the defense infrastructure along the LAC.
The IAF had submitted a proposal to the State Wildlife Board to upgrade its base on December 12, 2020, a few months after the border standoff with China began. Recognizing its importance for national security, the state board approved it in a meeting on June 29. The Standing Committee of the National Board for Wildlife approved the proposal of the Air Force in a meeting on 29 July under the chairmanship of Union Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav. The IAF has not yet applied for environmental clearance for the project.
The Standing Committee has also approved the proposal to remove 1259 hectares of land from Changthang Sanctuary for re-notification of Mahe Field Firing Range (MFFR) in Eastern Ladakh, about 40-50 kms from the International Border. Re-notification of MFFR is pending since 2014. Right now, it is the only firing range in the entire Eastern Ladakh sector where all types of weapons can be fired. The Standing Committee also approved the proposals for upgradation of three major strategically important roads. Apart from this, the proposal of laying optical fiber cable in both the sanctuaries has also been accepted.