The Indian government has embarked on a project to expand air connectivity in the strategically significant Ladakh region. A new civilian terminal building is planned for the Thoise airbase, situated close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. This move signifies India’s commitment to improving accessibility even in remote border areas.
Currently, Thoise serves as a military airbase, occasionally hosting civilian flights under the UDAN scheme. However, the government envisions a more prominent role for this facility. The upcoming integrated passenger terminal, estimated to cost Rs 130 crore, will cater to regular civilian passenger flights.
- Boost connectivity: The new terminal will facilitate easier access to the Nubra Valley, a popular tourist destination, and other remote areas close to the LAC.
- Support local communities: Improved air connectivity can stimulate economic growth and provide better access to essential services for residents in the region.
- Make a statement: This project signifies India’s resolve to develop infrastructure near the border, demonstrating its commitment to both civilian needs and national security.
- The new terminal is estimated to cost Rs 130 crore.
- Bids have been invited to appoint a consultant for the project’s design and development.
- The project aims to establish Thoise as the second civilian airport in Ladakh, alongside Leh Kushok Bakula Rinpoche Airport.