New Delhi: Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on Thursday requested Union civil aviation minister Joytiraditya M Scindia to carry a feasibility inspection of the advance landing grounds (ALG) at Tuting in Upper Siang district and Mechuka in Shi-Yomi district so as to begin fixed-wing flight services to the areas near the China border.

Both Tuting and Mechuka lie near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and have ALG airstrips of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Khandu made the request when he called on Scindia at his office in New Delhi on Thursday.

Besides pleading for conducting a feasibility inspection of the ALGs at Tuting and Mechuka, the chief minister also reiterated starting the fixed wing flight operation at Pasighat in East Siang district and Tezu in Lohit on priority.

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Accompanied by Lok Sabha MP Tapir Gao, state’s civil aviation minister Nakap Naloh, MLA Rode Bui, chief secretary Naresh Kumar and commissioner Prashant Lokhande, the chief minister also briefed the union minister about the progress of Hollongi Greenfield Airport.

He said the work on the Hollongi Airport is on war footing and shall be made operational by the year 2022.

Various other issues pertaining to the state were also discussed during the call on.



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