Arunachal Governor calls for setting up more airports in state

ITANAGAR- To address the communication bottleneck particularly in air connectivity, Arunachal Pradesh Governor J P Rajkhowa approached the Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati for setting up minimum 3-4 airports to cover most of the districts in the state.

In a letter to the Union Minister last month, the Governor impressed upon him that Arunachal being the largest among the eight North-Eastern states with difficult mountainous terrains, poor road, rail and air connectivity but great tourism potential need more airports to overcome the communication bottleneck.

Rajkhowa in his letter said that Arunachal is a very important strategic frontier state having international borders with Bhutan, China and Myanmar, a Raj Bhawan communique informed.
The governor in the letter said that the state with 83,743 sq km of land area should have not one, but minimum of three to four airports to cover most of the districts.

He said that Assam, which has lower geographical area of about 79,000 sq km has presently 6 airports.

Requesting the Union Minister to consider setting up of additional airports in addition to the already sanctioned Green Field Airport for the state, the governor called for constituting a high-power expert site selection committee in consultation with the state government.

On the sanctioned Green Field Airport for the state, the Governor clarified that based on suggestions from many quarters regarding alleged malpractices in the land acquisition on behest of some powerful political leaders, he had suggested for a thorough scrutiny of all documents of the land owners covered under the acquisition process by CBI or and other central agency and meanwhile up-gradating adjacent Lilabari Airport in Assam, keeping in mind likely delay in constructing the Airport at Hollongi site.

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