In a bid to provide air connectivity to and fro Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has initiated one more landmark step as far as establishing a strong network of air connectivity in the North East states is concerned. On February 9, Mr Modi has laid the Foundation Stone of Construction of New Greenfield Airport at Hollongi , which is 15 kms from Itanagar. Planned on 667 acres of land the airport will be competent to handle Airbus -320 type of aircraft operations. The airport will be built and operated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
According to the AAI sources, the Phase-I will be developed at an estimated cost of Rs.955 cr which would include construction of runway of 2300 x 45m, apron a state–of-the-art terminal building Technical Block cum ATC, a fire station, isolation bay, installation of DVOR & ILS. The New Domestic Terminal building of the Greenfield Airport will have an area of 4100 sqm to handle a peak hour capacity of 200 passengers. The terminal will be equipped with all modern passenger facilities, consisting of pre-engineered structure with glass & steel envelop having profile sheet roofing on steel truss.
The Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony took place in presence the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Brig. (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd.); Mr Pema Khandu, Chief Minister, Arunachal Pradesh; Mr Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs and Mr Chowna Mein, Deputy Chief Minister, Arunachal Pradesh. “The new project will be completed in record time for better connectivity for people of Arunachal Pradesh. Once Hollongi Airport is operationalized it will boost the economy of the state. The project will boost tourism and employment growth as well,” said Mr Modi while speaking on this occasion.
On this day, the Prime Minister also formally inaugurated the Retrofitted Tezu Airport in the State. AAI under took the development and up gradation work for ATR-72 type of aircraft operations on request of state government. After the extension of runway and refurbishment of existing terminal building, the airport is ready for operations of ATR-72 type of aircraft. In order to provide better services in future, a modern terminal building has also been planned for Tezu Airport.