New Delhi: In order to improve the air-connectivity to the North-East region of India, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the Indian Air Force (IAF) has so far activated four Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs) at Ziro, Along, Mechuka and Walong in Arunachal Pradesh.
“The ALGs and aviation infrastructure in the North-East are being developed to improve air connectivity in the region,” Parrikar said. These ALGs would act as transportation hubs during peace time and in case of contingencies like road closure, landslides, conflicts and war like situations the ALGs would act as launch bases for support of troops as well as replenishment of supplies.
The ALGs got an impetus after state government and the forces witnessed massive construction and development on the Chinese side along the 1,080-km border. The area remains a bone of contention between the Indian and Chinese forces where the line of actual control acts as the de facto border.