In April 2000 New Delhi approved a new fighter air base for the Indian Air Force at Phalodi near Suratgarh in Rajasthan. In October 2001 Air Marshal VK Bhatia, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Air Command inaugurated the new Air Force Station at Phalodi in Jodhpur district.A care and maintenance unit was also constructed along with the new Air Force Station. Col S Vasisht, Commander Works Engineer received Air Marshal VK Bhatia who was accompanied by Air Commodore CS Gill, Air Officer Commanding, 32 Wing, Air Force.
Air Force Station Phalodi is strategically and operationally very important for Indian Air Force. It is closer to western border and hence it would become a very important air base in the Western Sector. The cost of the project is Rs 300 crore. The new Air Force Station situated closer to Phalodi town comprises an area of about 4000 acres. The new Air Force Station has a runway for the aircraft, aircraft maintenance area, administrative complex, living accommodation for officers as well as other ranks, and all other essential parameters and modern facilities required for an air base station. The base is equipped with sophisticated surveillance equipment and deep penetration aircraft. The air base gives the Indian forces an edge in terms of early warning about any misadventures from across the border.
Here is a picturesque and historically marked town Phalodi in jodhpur district of Rajasthan,being brought to limelight by the descendants of Dhaddhas (Dadhas), the then Negar Seths of phalodi,who have rightly selected this place of tourist attaction for promoting a Heritage Hotel. Phalodi is well renowned as very old town of ancient jain and hindu temples of over 300 years with a fort of monumental importance of over 400 years old, adding to the Heritage of indian culture.
Ten Muslim organizations of Rajasthan have demanded a judicial inquiry into the 20 December 2001 communal riots in Phalodi in Jodhpur district, alleging they were part of a conspiracy to disturb peace in western Rajasthan. The clashes were triggered by allegations that hundreds of cattle were being taken outside the state for slaughter. some communal organizations in Phalodi had, through public address system, urged people to assemble at the railway station for 'saving the cow and its progeny'. As a result, a huge crowd staged a dharna at the railway track demanding the release of the cattle and attacked the cattle traders. When the traders took shelter at the nearby Madarsa Imdadiya, the mob followed them and burnt the madarsa. The mob then burnt at least six shops and a number of cabins, causing a loss estimated at Rs. 5 million. Another madarsa was attacked in Lohawat village the next day.
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