In Vijaynagar, Arunachal Pradesh, residents from 11 nearby villages have come forward to offer ‘Shramdaan’ (voluntary labour) to the Indian Air Force (IAF), for repairing a damaged airstrip and make it functional again, reported Arunachal24.
Not connected by any motorable road
The Vijaynagar Advanced Landing Ground (ALG), situated in a remote corner of Changlang district in the state has been lying unutilised since 2016. It was considered unfit for use for any fixed-wing aircraft.
In 2018, Air Force authorities decided to start repair work in seven such Advanced Landing Grounds (ALG) in Arunachal Pradesh. However, for Vijaynagar ALG, the main roadblock was that it is not connected with any motorable road. Hence, all the materials and labour resources had to be airlifted for the work, incurring a huge expenditure.
IAF appreciates the ‘Shramdaan’ by the villagers
Surprisingly, upon learning about the hurdle, villagers from 11 neighbouring hamlets volunteered for the task. They are highly enthusiastic to be helping the Air Force authorities and the restoration work is proceeding in war-footing at present.
#MissionVijaynagarALG To make the Vijayanagar ALG in #ArunachalPradesh operational , while @IAF_MCC airlifts the men & material to ALG ,11 villages from local area volunteers for #Shrmdaan @SpokespersonMoD @adgpi @easterncomd @PemaKhanduBJP @DefenceMinIndia @official_dgar pic.twitter.com/5dZaKoWmjk
— PRO Defence Meghalaya (@proshillong) January 19, 2019
The primary work involves the clearing of the moss, weeds and wild grasses which have covered the unused surface of the airstrip, an IAF spokesperson shared with The Indian Express. The villagers are helping out tirelessly for the same. Alongside, a specially-trained team has started the repair work and materials are being gradually airlifted in phases, informed Col C Konwer to The Arunachal Times.
IAF authorities have hugely welcomed and praised the help by the villagers, highlighting the amicable relationship the civil population of Arunachal Pradesh shares with the IAF.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu recently shared a tweet about the work by PRO Defence Meghalaya, mentioning his appreciation for the IAF officials and Defence Ministry for the work.
Had visited Vijaynagar in December & appraised @DefenceMinIndia to take up the repair & maintenance work of ALG. Amazed at the electrifying speed at which the ministry has heeded our request. Thanks to our dynamic Defence Minister Smti @nsitharaman ji that the work is now ON. https://t.co/VDAJdb1qQt
— Pema Khandu (@PemaKhanduBJP) January 19, 2019
Efforts For Good applauds the responsibility and enthusiastic spirit shown by the villagers to help the Indian Air Force.