Itanagar: The Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India has accorded “in-principle” approval to four proposals of the Arunachal Pradesh Government, including the one for setting up of Aviation Security Training Institute near the state capital, official sources said on Saturday.
As per the State Government’s proposals, an Aviation Security Training Institute will be set up at Hollongi near Itanagar, and two new airstrips will be constructed at Daporijo in the Upper Subansiri district and Aalo in West Siang district.
The sites for the two airstrips identified by the State Government have already been inspected by an Inter-Ministerial team deputed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA).
Also, Alliance Air will start fixed-wing commercial passenger flight services in the State by way of two Dornier DO-228 aircraft from December 2021.
In addition, for the enhancement of remote area air-connectivity, the Ministry will include some helicopter routes of the State in the next round of RCS-UDAN tender.
The “in-principle” nod to Arunachal Government’s proposals was conveyed by Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya M Scindia to state’s Civil Aviation Minister Nakap Nalo during the Conference of the Ministers of Civil Aviation of all States & Union Territories held at Sushma Swaraj Bhawan, New Delhi on Friday, the sources said.
In his address, Nalo expressed gratitude to the MoCA for taking various initiatives for improving air connectivity in the country, especially in the North East including Arunachal Pradesh by reviving unused airstrips and Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs), developing infrastructures, implementing Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) for remote area air-connectivity.
He also extended thanks to the Ministry of Defence for considering the State Government’s proposal to develop the abandoned ALG at Anini and a new one at Dirang with the provision of dual-use viz. for defence and civil operations.
Nalo reaffirmed the State Government’s wholehearted commitment for active participation in the policy & initiatives taken by the Centre for improving the aviation sector in the hilly state.
The Union Minister appreciated the gesture of the Arunachal Government to reduce value-added tax (VAT) on aviation turbine fuel to 0% to give impetus to air connectivity in the State, the sources added.