Proposal of terms for permission to use Ambala defence land for domestic airport filed; COAS, DGDE approval awaited | India News

Ambala:

In an important development regarding the operations of domestic airport under the Regional Connectivity Scheme Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (RCS-UDAN) at Indian Air Force (IAF) station in Ambala Cantonment, deputy director defence (lands), Ministry of Defence (MoD) has submitted a proposal with terms and conditions for grant of working permission to civil aviation department, Haryana.
The proposal was submitted on March 22, 2024, to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and director general defence estates (DGDE) at Delhi. The terms and conditions are laid by MoD for use of defence land at Ambala Cantonment.
In the proposal, the copy of which is with the

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, the deputy director defence (lands) has said that he is directed to convey the ‘sanction of the President of India for grant of working permission’ to civil aviation department of Haryana on defence land at Ambala Cantonment on license basis for mutual usage/sharing of existing pathway/road with IAF to connect the civil enclave with the apron of Air Force Station, Ambala.
The project has been sanctioned by the President, now the MoD has prepared and submitted the proposal so that future course of action can be taken to start the development work of civil enclave at Ambala, once the terms and conditions are agreed upon by both the parties by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU).
MoD has said that a separate board of officers (BOO) shall be convened for demarcation of land, to ascertain exact area, serial numbers, cost of land, present use of land, security and safety measures, government/private assets and cost of their demolition, relocation or reconstruction, etc. before handing/taking over the defence land for purpose of commencement of work. The BOO will complete the proceedings within four weeks from the issue of working permission. The proposal said in case there is variation in area, revised sanction of MoD will be required to be obtained.
The defence has proposed to initially give the license for a period of five years effective from date of handing/taking over of land with provisions for renewal every five years at the option of licensee and adherence to the terms and conditions of agreement/license deed, up to maximum period of 30 years on annual license fee of Rs 2,500.
The license deed will be executed between defence estate officer, Ambala and civil aviation department, Haryana as per Cantonment Land Administration Rules, 2021.
Ambala IAF station houses Golden Arrows squadron, which is equipped with most modern Dassault Rafale fighter jets.
On October 15, last year, former Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar had laid the foundation stone of civil enclave of domestic airport at Ambala.

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