Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Arunachal Pradesh’s first greenfield airport, Donyi Polo Airport, in Itanagar’s Hollongi, in a move that will connectivity and tourism in India’s northeast region.
The airport located at Hollongi, around 15 km from the state capital Itanagar, will link the border state with other Indian cities with commercial flights as well as other parts of Arunachal through helicopter services.
The airport, which is the first greenfield airport in Arunachal, is built across an area of over 690 acre at a cost of over INR 640 crore, according to an official release.
With a 2,300 metre runway, the airport is suitable for all weather day operations. The airport terminal is a modern building, which promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy and the recycling of resources.
“The airport terminal is a modern building, which promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy and the recycling of resources. Donyi Polo Airport will be the third operational airport for Arunachal Pradesh, taking the total airport count in the Northeast region to 16,” the official statement read.
“From 1947 to 2014, only nine airports were built in the northeast. In a short span of eight years since then, the Modi government has built seven airports in the Northeast,” it added.
According to the PMO, the airport would not only increase connectivity in the region but will also serve as a stimulus for the expansion of commerce and tourism, hence boosting the region’s economic and social development. (Source Mint)