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India to construct ALG in Tawang and Dirang

Correspondent Itanagar, Apr 20
Published on 20 Apr. 2017 11:40 PM IST
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India will construct Advanced Landing Grounds (ALG) at Tawang and Dirang near the China border in Arunachal Pradesh, an official said on Thursday.
India’s move to upgrade its defence infrastructure along its border with China came a day after Beijing gave its own names to six places in Arunachal Pradesh, which it calls “South Tibet”, in a move to reaffirm its territorial sovereignty over the Indian state.
Defence Secretary G Mohan Kumar held a high-level review meeting with Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu and discussed on ALGs to be constructed in Dirang and Tawang.
The meeting was also attended by Town Planning and Urban Development Minister, Nabam Rebia including senior Army officials and senior state officials. Khandu has promised to speed up clearance of pending issues to expedite construction of these airfields. During the meeting, Kumar also informed the Chief Minister that the Defence ministry has given its seal of approval for civilian use of the six ALG in Arunachal Pradesh to promote tourism in this frontier state.
The six ALGs - Tuting, Mechuka, Along, Passighat, Vijaynagar and Ziro – bordering the India-China border have been reconstructed, expanded and operationalised  by the Defence Ministry and are under the direct control of the Indian Air Force.
Discussing on defence related land compensation issue, the state government briefed that on matter of dual compensation raised by the defence forces, a group of Ministers is constituted whose report is being awaited.
Moreover, the Arunachal government officials informed that process is on for grant of permanent rights instead of lease hold right to defence authorities, on condition that Defence Authorities pay annual lease rent of Rs 10 per sq mtr, which is as per the amended rules of state’s land settlement laws.

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