Arunachal: PM Modi to lay foundation of Hollongi Airport on Feb 8

At an estimated cost of 1043 Crores,  the Greenfield Airport at Hollongi will be state-of-the-art.



Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister  Pema Khandu on Monday revealed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi  will visit the State on Feb 8 and will lay the foundation stone for Hollongi airport”, said Khandu while speaking at a cultural function held in Itanagar.

Itanagar is the only state capital in India not to have an airport. At an estimated cost of Rs.955.37 Crores (central share) and 87 Crore (state share) totalling 1043 Crores,  the Greenfield Airport at Hollongi will be state-of-the-art which will propel economic development besides improving connectivity for the local population.  Tourism will also see a huge boost with this project.

The Hollongi  airport project had earlier ran into rough water due to controversies over the site selection. Initially, the site selected was Karsingsa and the Home Minister Shivraj Patil had also laid the foundation stone for this project on February 20, 2007.

However, owing to technicalities, the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) had asked the State Government to find some other suitable site for the airport.

The State Cabinet, in its meeting on July last year had approved the central technical committee’s recommendation for Hollongi as a feasible site for the airport.

Later, the State Government constituted a committee under the chairmanship of the State’s Urban Development Minister Nabam Rebia to study the feasibility of the site.

Accordingly on the request of the State Government, a central joint inspection committee visited Itanagar last year to study the feasibility of the site and recommended Hollongi, which is about 25 kms from Itanagar.

As a follow up to the review meeting held by Union Minister of State for Communications (Independent) Manoj Sinha on April 26, the State Cabinet also approved a policy for granting the Right of Way (RoW) for telecom infrastructure in the state.

The airport which would be built by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) over an area of 320 hectares when completed, will be able to accommodate narrow-body jets like the Airbus A321 in the first phase.

Khandu appealed to the people to cooperate and support the State Government in these endeavours and said the government or the Chief Minister alone cannot achieve everything.

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