#Arunachal Pradesh : First Greenfield Airport In Itanagar Inaugurated By Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first greenfield airport of Arunachal Pradesh near the state capital Itanagar on Saturday, November 19, 2022.

The Donyi Polo airport located at Hollongi will boost connectivity, trade and tourism in the hilly northeastern State.

In 2019, PM Modi laid the foundation stone for the construction of Greenfield Airport at Hollongi and inaugurated retrofitted Tezu airport.

According to an official statement, the terminal at Hollongi has been constructed approximately at a cost of Rs 955 crore with an area of 4100 sq m and has a peak handling capacity of 200 passengers per hour.

It was our dream to have an airport in our state’s capital, today that dream has come true with the efforts of PM Modi. He gave special directions for building this airport, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju was quoted as saying by ANI at the inaugural function of Donyi Polo Airport, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh.

The airport, which is the first greenfield airport in Arunachal Pradesh, has been developed in an area of over 690 acres, at a cost of more than Rs 640 crore. With a 2,300 m 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. Donyi Polo Airport will be the third operational airport for Arunachal Pradesh, taking the total airport count in the North-East region to 16. From 1947 to 2014, only nine airports were built in the North-East. In a short span of eight years since then, the Modi government has built seven airports in the North-East,” read the official statement.

Airports in five northeastern states, namely, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland have seen flights take off for the first time in 75 years.

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