In a bid to bolster military infrastructure along the China border, the Indian Air Force is set to operationalise its Vijaynagar Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) in Arunachal Pradesh. Vijay Nagar is the remotest Circle of Changlang district in Arunachal Pradesh located along the Indo-China border. Guwahati-based Defence PRO, Lt. Col. P. Khongsai recently revealed that the Chief of Eastern Air Command, Air Marshal R.D. Mathur and Chief of the Eastern Command Lt. Gen. Anil Chauhan will jointly inaugurate the ALG.
The Vijay Nagar ALG’s inauguration comes after the launch of seven other ALGs at Pasighat, Mechuka, Walong, Tuting, Ziro, Along and Tawang. ‘The inauguration of the ALG at Vijay Nagar will allow operations for fixed-wing aircraft, including the AN 32,’ said Lt. Col. Khongsai.
The ALG at Vijay Nagar assumes importance as it borders Myanmar and China. Vijay Nagar is completely cut off as there is no motorable road to reach a remote location. The Vijay Nagar ALG remained non-operational for fixed-wing aircraft since 2016, due to lack of maintenance. The Centre has been undertaking steps to make ALGs in Arunachal Pradesh operational, at least for defence purposes.
There was a Memorandum of Understanding between the Arunachal Pradesh government and the Ministry of Defence in 2009, that took up the infrastructure development of the Pasighat and other ALGs located at different altitudes in the hilly state at an estimated cost of Rs 1,000 crore.