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Arunachal Pradesh assembly speaker Pasang Dorjee Sona on September 28 said that fixed-wing aircraft will “soon” operate in the picturesque Mechuka valley in Shi-Yomi district, bordering China.

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Pasang Dorjee Sona, who represents Mechuka constituency in the state assembly, held a meeting with the officials of Indian air force (IAF) and Shi-Yomi district administration at his office chamber in Itanagar and discussed various issues pertaining to the civil terminal at Mechuka ALG (advanced landing ground).

“Fixed-wing aircraft under the UDAN scheme of Government of India will soon operate in the picturesque Mechuka valley in Shi-Yomi district in the line of Pasighat, Tezu and Ziro facilitating uninterrupted and easy movement of people,” a statement from the speaker’s office said.

Emphasising the importance of air connectivity in the remote border district, Sona said that once operational the air service will benefit the people of Shi-Yomi along with tourists who want to visit the enchanting land of Mechuka valley.

Stating that proper coordination between the civil administration and the IAF is “very crucial for safety and security and dual utilisation of ALG”, the speaker suggested the IAF to get in touch with the administration for any kind of assistance or to sort out the issues, if any.

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He, however, urged the IAF authorities to give early clearance for construction of the entry/exit gate at the civil terminal so that fixed-wing civil air services could be started for the greater interest of the people of Shi-Yomi.

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