In a major boost to the country's rapid airlift capability for forward operations and troop deployment, the Indian Air Force ( IAF ) has re-activated its strategic Advanced Landing Grounds (ALG) of Mechuka in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh .
The ALG, which was re-activated was non-functional since 2013 following its reconstruction work along with the ALGs of Aalo, Ziro, Tuting, Pasighat and Tezu, an official release stated.
Located at an elevation of around 7,000 ft from the mean sea level, the ALG has now been reconstructed and made broader and longer with many modern facilities, it said.
Inaugurating it in presence of CCE (NEP), IAF authorities, Army authorities and local administrative authorities, Air Marshal C Hari Kumar appreciated all for successfully completing the project despite challenges like high-altitude location and difficulties in transporting materials and machineries.
Situated along the international border, Mechuka was one of the strategic locations during the Indo-China war in 1962. The McMohan Line is around 40 km from Mechuka town.
While the ALG at Walong was inaugurated in October last year, three more ALGs – Mechuka, Pasighat and Tuting – are scheduled to be inaugurated in the next three months. The Tawang ALG project, which was taken up only in 2014, is expected to be ready by September this year.