Arunachal Pradesh cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday approved the Hollongi greenfield airport ‘Donyi Polo Airport, Itanagar’.
The cabinet said, “The name of the lone airport in the capital city will symbolise the age-old tradition and rich cultural heritage of the tribal state and also will reflect the people’s age-old indigenous reverence for the sun (donyi) and the moon (polo).”
The airport, about 15 km from the state capital, is built for Rs 645 crore under the Centre’s Capital Connectivity Scheme. It will be able to accommodate 200 passengers during peak hours and will be the first in Arunachal Pradesh with a runway of 2,300 metres, suitable for operating Boeing 747s, one of the largest passenger aircraft.
The first flight test-landed at the airport on July 19.
It is to be mentioned that there is no airport in the vicinity of the state capital, the closest one being Lilabari airport in Assam’s North Lakhimpur district, around 80 km away.
With an area of 4,100 sqm, the airport is equipped with all modern facilities for passengers, officials said. The terminal is an energy-efficient building with a rainwater harvesting system and sustainable landscape.
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