3 RCC houses dismantled near helipad | ‘Political will key for New Arunachal’

  • Trial on for civil air service to Ziro, Mechuka & Tawang ALGs: Nalo

By A O News Service

NAHARLAGUN, July 15: Three of the 11 unauthorized RCC structures close to helipad boundary here were dismantled on Monday by a team led by chief estate officer (CEO)-cum-ADM Talo Potom, Naharlagun SDPO Reke Kamsi and police station OC inspector Yangfo Dodum.

While dismantling by two JCBs was in process under the supervision of 145 personnel of civil police, IRBn, PPF, STF and CRPF, ADM told this daily that the eviction begun late around 2.30 pm because he was attending court in connection with the above unauthorized structures.

The GoAP in a notification on 04.02.11 had imposed restriction on building structures and planting trees, near helipad boundary and avoid encroachment within 100-m limit from the crest of outer parapet of helipad to ensure safe air operation, the ADM said, adding such constructions were hazard for aviation and built in violation of 03.01.12 prohibitory order issued by him u/s 133 CrPC read with 134 on June 30 last. The violators were issued notices and directed to remove their structures but in vain for which it was decided to conduct eviction u/s 141 CrPC without any further notice, the order issued by the ADM on Monday read.

Interestingly, the drive had sent the message louder as owners of buildings nearby helipad contacted this daily telephonically to know in details.

It may be recalled that Civil Aviation and Transport Minister Nakap Nalo during a surprise inspection of helipad here and ISBT at Lekhi village on July 04 last was visibly shocked to see tall multi-storied private buildings coming up though detrimental to chopper operation, particularly after learning that such constructions continued despite CEO-ADM’s 03.01.12 prohibitory order and had taken snaps as proof. While holding a meeting of civil aviation secretary, director and Potom in his office later, he had conducted a thredbare discussion to initiate bold steps.

While alerting about the eviction drive in helipad on Monday, the minister told this daily that this is the beginning of bold steps initiated for a ‘New Arunachal’, envisioned by dynamic Chief Minister Pema Khandu. Such encroachers across the state whether advanced landing grounds (ALGs) or state transport stations will not be tolerated and evicted, he said.

Pointing out that road and air communication hold key to development of this hilly land-locked state, he said that bold steps are essential with political will to achieve the goal of a ‘New Arunachal’.  “I am working for the GoAP and would never accept ‘no’ for any step that would ensure greater welfare of the people and the state”, he said without mincing any words.

Moreover, he disclosed that though air Pasigaht ALG was made functional with 42-seater Alliance Airline aircraft landing on 22.05.18, but trials have been going on to facilitate civilian air service to Ziro, Mechuka and Tawang ALGs.

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