Pasighat ALG -AOC-in-C takes stock of Pasighat

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    Itanagar, Nov 7: Air Marshal S Varthaman, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Air Command, on whirlwind tour inspected the advance landing ground (ALG), under construction at Pasighat in East Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh.

    After he took stock of all aspects and personally drove around to see the progress of the ALG yesterday, the DC and wing commander Sumit Prasad apprised him about the present status of this proposed airbase which will be used for passenger and defence purposes by both Airport Authority of India and Indian Air Force, official sources informed here today.

    The runway, ACCN for 5 officers and 26 PBORs, ADM Block with ATC, guard room, mess complex and water supply facilities were discussed. Encroachment problem within the peripherry of the ALG, security arrangement and final DPR were also figured in the discussion, sources said.

    It is worth mentioning here that the Pasighat airstrip was operational during the period when British left India.

    Kalinga Airlines owned by former Odisha Chief Minister Biju Patnaik transported men and materials followed CPSU Vayudoot ferried passengers.

    However, the services discontinued later except helicopter sorties. Though the Kalinga’s AN-32 and helicopter served as lifeline for the masses in supplying PDS items and ferrying passengers, the air communication remained almost cut off thus delinking major part of this land-locked State form the mainland.

    The defence ministry had taken over seven ALGs at Daporijo, Menchuka, Pasighat, Tezu, Vijoynagar and Ziro in 2008 to make it operational for defence and civilian usage. Vijaoynagar ALG in Changlang district was made operational by State Governor J J Singh on November 18, 2011, while work on other ALGs are progressing at a fast pace.

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