The Defence ministry on Wednesday took over operational control and maintenance of eight Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs) for aircraft in Arunachal Pradesh.
Defence Secretary Vijay Singh, leading a high-level Central team, signed an MOU with the state's chief secretary Tabam Bam here during which the state handed over the ALGs to the defence ministry.
The state government agreed to hand over the ALGs to the ministry to meet the defence needs of the country and cater to the need of civilians of the sparsely populated tribal state with poor road connectivity, a government release said.
The ALGs, lying unused for long because of a funds crunch, were located at Walong, Tuting, Vijaynagar, Mechuka and Tawang -- all close to the Sino-India border -- and at Aalo, Pasighat and Ziro, headquarters of West Siang, East Siang and Lower Subansiri districts.
Chief minister Dorjee Khandu and Finance minister Kaliko Pul were present on the occasion.
The MOU was signed in fulfillment of promises made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit here last year.