Wildlife Board Approves New IAF Base in Ladakh
The Indian Air Force (IAF) will soon get a new base in Ladakh.
IMPORTANT FACTS -
- According to a report published in the Economic Times on 8 September 2022, the Standing Committee of the National Board of Wildlife, which is led by Union environment minister Bhupender Yadav has approved the proposal.
- The new base will be built on 500 hectares of land in the Changthang sanctuary area, right next to the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
- The need to boost the IAF presence in the region was felt after the rapid development of airfields and bunkers by the Chinese along the LAC in the area.
- In June 2020 there was a border clash in Ladakh, between the two armies leading to the death of 20 Indian soldiers and a number of Chinese soldiers.
- The Changthang sanctuary area is a cold desert sanctuary in Leh district. It is home to Tibetan wild Ass, Kiang and the rare black necked cranes.
- Since it is a cold desert sanctuary, permission from the Environment ministry was necessary.
Air Force Airfield in the region :
- The key air base of the IAF is in Leh. It has had Advanced Landing Ground facilities at Fukche since the 1960s besides Daulat Beg Oldie, Thoise and Nyoma.
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