The Secretary of Defence G Mohan Kumar on Thursday called on Arunachal Chief Minister Pema Khandu and held a high-level review meeting relating the issues in the defence of the state.
Both the ministers discussed on issues relating 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.
The state government briefed that on matter of dual compensation raised by the defence forces, a group of Ministers is constituted whose report is still being awaited. The state officials informed that process is on for grant of permanent rights instead of lease that holds right to defence authorities. However, on some conditions the Defence Authorities pay annual lease rent of ₹ 10 per sqr meter, which is as per the amended rules of state’s land settlement laws. It was earlier informed that the defence authority had approved for civilian use of these airfields on 30th March 2017 that would promote tourism and other commercial activities and bring assistance and support to the sick and needy that requires urgent transportation.
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 further requested on the need to speed up work on ALG in Dirang to meet expectations of high-end tourists for sports adventure. The survey work for the project on Missamari to Tawang railway line, which is estimated to cost 50,000-70,000 crore, is expected to begin by the year 2018 and complete by October 2020.