Itanagar: People from 11 villages in Arunachal Pradesh volunteered to make an old airstrip operational in the Vijaynagar area of Changlang district on Saturday.
The Vijaynagar Advance Landing Ground (ALG) was set up in 1962 and is considered to be a strategic base for operational reasons. The ALG is located the tri-junction of India, Myanmar and China in the state’s Changlang district.
Recently, the Indian Air Force (IAF) took up the project to upgrade the ALG. As per reports, the work involved cleaning of the runway surface on which grass and moss had accumulated due to non-utilisation since 2016. Since the task required huge manpower, locals came out in large numbers to offer their ‘shramdaan’ (volunteer labour).
The 4,000-ft Vijaynagar ALG stands at an altitude of 4,200 m and has landing capacity for AN-32 turboprop military transport aircraft.
Earlier in 2011, the airstrip was upgraded and reactivated with a landing capacity of Martin Lockheed J 130 Super Hercules. It was was shut down in 2009 to renovate and strengthen it for military operations, and operational logistics in the eastern sector.
Given the location of the landing ground, it is important for logistical transportation and the Army.