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Arunachal requests Centre to allow civilian use of ALGs

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ITANAGAR (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh has requested the Centre to allow Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs) in the state for civilian use.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu who is presently in New Delhi and during a meeting with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday, he requested him that the ALGs in the state which are national assets must be optimally utilised for larger good, an official communique said.

The Defence Minister, the communique said, has agreed in-principle that the ministry has no objection to the dual use of the ALGs.

"This will be a major boost in getting air connectivity in the state which will pave the way for all round development in the state," the communique quoting the minister said.

The operationalisation of ALGs at Tawang, Ziro, Aalo, Mechuka, Pasighat, Walong and Tuting in Arunachal Pradesh is under various stages of progress.

In fact, the construction work of ALGs at Ziro, Mechuka and Pasighat is complete and were recently operationalised by the IAF.

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