Resurfaced runway inaugurated in Changlang district near China border; to re-establish military transport aircraft connectivity in easternmost part of India
Itanagar: The resurfaced runway of Vijaynagar Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh was inaugurated by Air Officer Commanding in Chief (AOC-in-C) Eastern Air Command, Air Marshal RD Mathur, and General Officer Commanding in Chief (GOC-in-C) Eastern Command, Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan, on Wednesday.
The ALG will not only re-establish military transport aircraft connectivity at the eastern most part of India but is also important for the local administration in extending their reach to the residents of this remote area.
The ALG will assist in effective management of India's border with Myanmar and facilitate launch of joint operations by the Indian Army and Indian Air Force.
Repair of the runway at Vijaynagar, which was coordinated by Air Force Station Jorhat, was a challenging task because, there being no road connectivity, all the load had to be airlifted by helicopters. The movement of larger transport aircraft to and fro will act as a catalyst for the development of the area.
The Army Commander and the AOC-in-C, while interacting with the locals and ex-servicemen at Vijaynagar, commended them for their unflinching dedication to the nation and expressed the hope that air connectivity with the rest of the country would open a world of opportunities for them.
A total of eight ALGs have been revived for operations by the Indian Air Force as part of steps to strengthen military infrastructure along the China border.
Other seven ALGs which have been made operational by EAC are Pasighat, Mechuka, Walong, Tuting, Ziro, Along and Tawang.