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Arunachal Pradesh: PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate Arunachal Pradesh’s first greenfield airport today

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Arunachal Pradesh's first greenfield 'Doni Polo Airport' at Holangi in Itanagar today. In the year 2019, PM Modi laid the foundation stone for the construction of a greenfield airport at Hollongi and inaugurated the retrofitted Tezu airport.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Arunachal Pradesh’s first greenfield ‘Doni Polo Airport’ at Holangi in Itanagar. In the year 2019, PM Modi laid the foundation stone for the construction of a greenfield airport at Hollongi and inaugurated the retrofitted Tezu airport.

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According to an official statement, the terminal at Hollongi has been constructed at a cost of approximately Rs 955 crore over an area of ​​4100 square meters and has a maximum capacity of 200 passengers per hour. Arunachal Pradesh’s first greenfield airport has been built at a cost of over Rs 640 crore. It has been developed over an area of ​​more than 690 acres.

With a runway of 2,300 metres, the airport is suitable for all-weather 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.

The name of the airport reflects the traditions and rich cultural heritage of Arunachal Pradesh and its age-old indigenous reverence to the Sun (‘Donyi’) and the Moon (‘Polo’).Airports in five northeastern states, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland have taken flights for the first time in 75 years.

“Aircraft movement in the Northeast has also seen a 113 per cent increase since 2014, from 852 per week in 2014 to 1817 per week in 2022,” the statement said. Ministry of Civil Aviation has also launched Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) – UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) in October, 2016 to stimulate regional air connectivity and making air travel affordable to the masses.

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