Sunday, September 25, 2016

Arunachal CM stresses on making ALGs functional quickly

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Friday said all Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs) in the state should be made fully functional for regular use at earliest possible.
“We had several meetings with the Indian Air Force authorities regarding ALGs but a few issues are still unresolved.
We need to move ahead with concrete decisions so that all the ALGs are made functional for regular use as soon as possible,” Khandu said.
He was speaking in a meeting with IAF Chief of Eastern Air Command, Air Marshal C Hari Kumar here.
The Chief Minister directed the state Civil Aviation Secretary to personally intervene and coordinate with the IAF authorities to sort out all pending issues, an official release said here.
He sought a detailed report on this from his secretary by October 30. Seven ALGs in the state were handed over to the IAF for making them functional.
Of these five have been completed, which are at Ziro, Aalo, Pasighat, Mechuka and Walong.
The other two – one at Tuting is scheduled to be completed by December and the other at Tawang by April 2017.
However, certain issues like encroachment and constructions around few of these ALGs remain a security concern that have to be resolved before fully operationalizing them, the statement said.
Khandu admitted these concerns raised by IAF that cannot be compromised and asked officials to create awareness among the people and convince them to abide by the pre-conditions that would come with the much needed air-connectivity.
25/09/16 PTI/The Shillong Times
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