Defence secretary G Mohan Kumar on Thursday visited Arunachal Pradesh and held a high-level review meeting on defence related issues with the State’s Chief Minister Pema Khandu and senior defence officials.
The visit came close on the heels of China renaming six places in Arunachal on the country’s official map apparently in retaliation to the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama’s recent “teaching trip” to the State.
Official sources said the defence secretary and others discussed a range of issues related to land acquisition for defence purposes, status of advanced landing grounds (ALGs), construction of railway line from Missamari in Assam to the border town of Tawang and other security related issues.
On dual use of six ALGS in the State, the State government was informed that the defence authorities had on March 30 approved civilian use of the airfields. The decision would promote tourism and other commercial activities and bring succour to the sick and the needy.
The meeting also discussed the issue of construction of ALGs in Dirang and Tawang and establishment of an Army brigade in Khonsa and Army cantonment in Itanagar. The Missamari-Tawang railhead is expected to be completed by 2020. The survey of the project is expected to begin next year. The project will cost around Rs.50,000 crore-Rs.70,000 crore.