Defence Secretary G M Kumar meets CM Pema Khandu

Itanagar

Defence Secretary G Mohan Kumar met Chief Minister Pema Khandu today and held a high-level review meeting on defence related issues in the state at CM’s office here today.

The Chief Minister accorded a warm welcome to the Defence Secretary and discussed on issues related to land acquisition for defence purposes, status of ALGs, railway line from Missamari to Tawang, and other security related issues.

The meeting was also attended by Minister for Town Planning and Urban Development Minister Nabam Rebia including senior Army officials and senior state officials.

Discussing on defence related land compensation issue, the state government briefed that on matter of dual compensation raised by the defence forces, a group of Ministers is constituted whose report is being awaited. The state officials informed that process is on for grant of permanent rights instead of lease hold right to defence authorities. This, however, on condition that Defence Authorities pay annual lease rent of ₹ 10 per sq mtr, which is as per the amended rules of state’s land settlement laws.

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

The meeting also discussed on ALGs to be constructed in Dirang and Tawang, which had assurances from the Chief Minister 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 in Dirang. The institute is under control of Ministry of Defence that provides training in Mountaineering, Aero & Aqua sports. The Defence officials urged on the need to speed up work on ALG in Dirang to meet expectations of high-end tourists for sports adventure.

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

The meeting also discussed on establishment of Army brigade in Khonsa and Army cantonment in state capital.