The office of India’s Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has severely criticised what it described as the “inadequate” upgrade of a large number of Indian Air Force (IAF) airfields across the country.
In a report tabled in parliament on 7 August, the CAG highlighted delays as well as equipment and infrastructural shortcomings regarding the INR12.20 billion (USD174.50 million) Modernisation of Air Field Infrastructure (MAFI) programme that was launched in 2011 and originally scheduled for completion three years later.
Although the report did not disclose details of the MAFI project for security reasons, officials told Jane’s that Phase I involved the upgrade of 30 IAF airfields, including eight along the disputed mountainous border with China in north and northeastern India.
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