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Gaggal airport near Dharamsala to be expanded: Himachal CM

Tuesday - August 20, 2019 5:34 pm , Category : INDIA
Shimla, Aug 20 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government will expand the runway of the Gaggal airport near Dharamsala by nearly 600 metres, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur informed the Assembly on Tuesday.
"There is a proposal to expand the runway from 1,372 metres to 2,000 metres," Thakur, who holds the Tourism and Civil Aviation portfolio, said in a written reply.
He said for its expansion the land of four panchayats -- two in Shahpur tehsil and two in Kangra tehsil -- would be acquired.
The Gaggal airport is located in the vicinity of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama's abode in McLeodganj that attracts a steady stream of Tibet enthusiasts, Buddhist scholars, back-packers and even Hollywood stars like Richard Gere.

--IANS vg/rtp