Allow dual usage of ALG

The inauguration of the sixth Advance Landing Ground (ALG) at Tuting on Wednesday marks new era in the aviation sector of Arunachal. Chief Minister Pema Khandu along with Air Marshal Hari Kumar, AOC-in-C, HQ Eastern Air Command inaugurated the ALG. Tuting is located just few kilometer away from the China border. The opening of said ALG will immensely help the armed forces. ALGs at Ziro, Aalo, Mechuka, Pasighat and Walong have already been made operational.
Earlier this year Indian Air Force landed its largest military transport aircraft C-17 Globemaster at Mechuka. The landing of the aircraft gives further boost to the IAF’s transport capabilities. Fighter jet Sukhoi has also made landing in Pasighat ALG. There is no doubt that operationalisation of ALGs will give huge boost to the military capabilities in Arunachal Pradesh. With China continuing to maintain hostile attitude towards India, there was urgent need to send a strong message to them. Also there has been constant demand from the locals for dual use of ALGs. The demand for civilian use of ALG constantly comes up. It is heartening to hear that Pasighat ALG will be the first to have civilian terminal with commencing of Air India flights to the city soon. Hopefully IAF will agree to share more ALGs with civilian population. This will not only help civil population but also improve the relation between armed forces and local populace.

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