Itanagar| Commercial flights would soon be operated from the Advanced Landing Ground at Pasighat, the district headquarter of Arunachal Pradesh’s East Siang district.
Officials said private airliners have evinced keen interest on starting operation from the ALG from this month with a separate terminal for civilians.
The existing civil supply office building, adjacent to the ALG will act as an interim terminal before the national terminal is built.
District officials yesterday visited the airport premises and inspected the facilities of the temporary civil terminal building and the final modified plans for renovation and immediate installation of X-Ray Baggage Screening machine, entrance and exit gates, approach roads, parking, counters, check-in area, arrival hall, aviation lounge, baggage, makeup area, waiting room, public utility etc.
While modifying the existing building, the engineers/experts should ensure that it is eco-friendly and convenient to all categories of passengers, officials said.
The revamped ALG, inaugurated by Union minister Kiren Rijiju in April last year, was earlier utilised for air maintenance sorties and casualty evacuation by the IAF. Commercial helicopter operations were also undertaken from the helipads that existed earlier at the ALG.
Equipped with facilities such as aprons for ground manouevering, Air Traffic Control Tower, perimeter road and a security wall, the ALG would facilitate operations of fixed wing aircraft as well as helicopters of both civil and military operators.
The Arunachal Pradesh government had in June 2009 inked an MoU with the Defence ministry and accordingly IAF had embarked on an ambitious construction plan to upgrade eight ALGs in the State, including infrastructure development at an overall outlay of over Rs 1,000 crore.
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