Villagers protest against Dharamshala airport expansion


NEW DELHI, JAN 3: Residents of villages around the Kangra airport at Gaggal held a demonstration on the highway on Friday protesting against the planned expansion of the airport. The protesters said thousands of families would become landless if the expansion is carried out.On Wednesday too, nearby villagers gathered near the airport entrance gate to protest against the airport expansion beyond Gaggal market. According to a recent survey conducted by the administration, it was proposed to expand the airport to 3,010 metres based on the report of the Airports Authority of India (AAI). In such a situation, some areas up to old Matour village may come under the area of expansion. Land will be acquired on both sides of the airport -- towards the Shahpur and Kangra on the Pathankot-Mand.

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