Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne has reportedly expressed concern over construction of highrise buildings near Pune’s air force base. The Air chief’s comment on Lohegaon airport, while talking about the Srinagar airport earlier this week in New Delhi, is not the first time that concern over highrises around the Indian Air Force (IAF) station, Lohegaon, is being raised. The matter being taken at the highest level in the IAF has highlighted it yet again.
The IAF Lohegaon Station that houses two squadrons of Sukhoi-30 MKI and a Base Repair Depot is an important airbase. The IAF authorities have been raising the issue of growing construction around the station, besides stress on the Air Traffic Control (ATC) from civil airlines traffic.
While IAF authorities at Lohegaon were unavailable for comment, an official earlier associated with the Air Force Station, Lohegaon, said, “There are a number of norms laid down by the Air Headquarters as far as construction around IAF bases is concerned and they involve civil authorities as well as the Ministry of Defence (MoD), Air HQ and the Defence Estates Office (DEO). We take up matters with civil authorities when violations occur.”