ISLAMABAD - Government has decided to build a new airport for the Diamer Bhasha Dam project site.
CAA will use the old airstrip near the construction site of the Diamer Basha Dam for a new airport. This will save millions of rupees for the national exchequer. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) have declared the airstrip at Chilas as usable.
According to details, Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman, Lieutenant General (Retd) Muzammil Hussain, requested the CAA for the construction of an airport near the site of Diamer Basha Dam. This airport is necessary for a mega project like Diamer Basha Dam. The facility of the airport will enable fast movement of machinery, material and professionals at the Dam site.
Sources in the CAA informed that WAPDA suggested the construction a totally new airport.
Chilas airport was constructed during the colonial times. After the independence, Chilas airport was in use till 1970. Since then, this airstrip has not been used but it is still in good condition.