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Arunachal Pradesh: Walong landing ground ready for operations

PTI 23 Oct 2015, 22:19:24 IST

New Delhi: In a boost to India's efforts to ramp up its military capabilities along the borders with China, the Advanced Landing Ground at Walong in Arunachal Pradesh was today innaugrated.

Walong ALG was operational during 1962 Chinese aggression.  Thereafter, it remained abandoned for a long time till it was decided in 2013 to reconstruct the ALG to make it fully air operational, defence sources said.

It was today inaugurated by Air Marshal C Hari Kumar, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Air Command, Indian Air Force.

The project was very closely monitored by the Chief Engineer, Northeastern Projects and Works Department at Headquarters Eastern Air Command resulting in its completion in a record time of 21 months.

Close supervision and active monitoring by Project Monitoring Group (PMG) made it possible despite its difficult location and natural obstacles in sustaining supply of material and machinery.

The strategic location of Walong ALG will be a launching pad for Air operations and also facilitate the administration in the management of border areas, the sources said.  

Besides this, the ALG will also provide air support in responding to natural calamities, casualties evacuation, humanitarian assistance and supply of equipment and ration to troops posted in far flung areas.