Shimla: Following the crash of the Air India flight in Mangalore on May 22, the DGCA has in all identified 11 airports as critical in its safety audit report including two airports of Shimla and Kullu in Himachal Pradesh
Meanwhile, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said the State Government has asked for the expansion of the airport, but would go with the decisions of the Authority.
“Airport Authority of India has its own definitions in this regard. They have rated Shimla and Kullu airport as critical. For Shimla airport the report recommends a need of expansion and for Kullu airport they says that it is critical due to the valley. We can’t change the valley; it is a geographical and topographical factor,” said Dhumal.
“We have asked them for the expansion. They are still to define it is critical from what point of view, so it is their decision. The state government would go with their decision and we have always been supportive in this regard,” he added.
Besides Shimla and Kullu, airports at Leh, Port Blair, Agartala, Lengpui, Kozhikode, Mangalore, Latur, Jammu and Patna have also been stated as critical.