Defence Secy meets CM, discusses issues related to security, infra dev

Defence Secy meets CM, discusses issues related to security, infra dev

ITANAGAR, Apr 20: Union Defence Secretary G Mohan Kumar today called on Chief Minister Pema Khandu at his office premises here and discussed wide-ranging issues related to security and other infrastructures development in the State.

The Defence Secretary also held a high-level review meeting on defence related issues in the State with senior Army officials and senior State govt officials in presence of the Chief Minister. The meeting was also attended by Town Planning and Urban Development Minister Nabam Rebia.

At the meeting, the Chief Minister, who accorded a warm welcome to the visiting Defence Secretary, referred to issues related to land acquisition for defence purposes, status of advanced landing grounds (ALGs), new railway line from Missamari to Tawang, and other security related issues.

Discussing the defence related land compensation issue, the State govt officials briefed that on matter of dual compensation raised by the defence forces, a Group of Ministers has been constituted whose report is being awaited.

The State officials further informed that process is on for grant of permanent right instead of lease holding right to defence authorities. This is, however, on condition that defence authorities pay annual lease rent of Rs 10 per sq mtr, which is as per the amended rules of State’s land settlement laws.

On dual use of the six ALGs developed so far in the State, it was informed that defence authority had already approved for civilian use of these airfields on 30th March 2017 that would help promote tourism and other commercial activities and bring succour to the sick and needy who require urgent transportation.

The meeting also had a chat about the ALGs to be constructed in Dirang and Tawang, with the Chief Minister giving assurances to speed up clearance of pending issues to expedite construction of these airfields.

Defence officials briefed the visiting Secretary on India’s first adventure sports institute – National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS), which was established in 2013 at Dirang in West Kameng district. The Institute is under the control of Ministry of Defence that provides training in mountaineering, aero & aqua sports. The defence officials were urged to speed up work on ALG in Dirang to meet expectations of high-end tourists for adventure sports.

Discussing the new railway line from Missamari (Bhalukpong) to Tawang, which is expected to complete by October 2020, the officials urged the need to speed up the location survey works so that project could be completed earliest. The survey work for the project, which is estimated to cost Rs 50,000-70,000 crore, is expected to begin next year.

The meeting also had discussion on establishment of Army Brigade at Khonsa and Army Cantonment in the State capital.

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