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Donyi Polo Airport: PM Modi inaugurates Arunachal Pradesh’s first Greenfield Airport Today; here’s key details

Donyi Polo Airport: PM Modi inaugurates Arunachal Pradesh’s first Greenfield Airport Today; here’s key details

By Sanjay Maurya

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Arunachal Pradesh’s first greenfield airport ‘Donyi Polo Airport’ at Holangi in Itanagar on November 19(Today).In 2019, PM Modi had laid the foundation stone for the construction of a greenfield airport at Hollongi and inaugurated the Tezu airport (Airport in Tezu, Arunachal Pradesh).

According to an official statement, the terminal at Hollongi has been constructed at a cost of approximately INR 955 crore, has an area of ​​4100 square meters, and has a maximum capacity to handle 200 passengers per hour.

Donyi Polo Airport (Itanagar Airport)

  • Airport type – Public
  • Owner – Airports Authority of India
  • Serves – Itanagar
  • Location – Hollongi
  • Opened – TBA
  • Elevation AMSL – 328 ft / 100 m

Arunachal Pradesh’s first greenfield airport has been constructed at a cost of over INR 640 crore. This airport has been developed in an area of ​​more than 690 acres. The airport is suitable for all weather operations with a 2,300-meter runway.

An official statement said the airport terminal is a modern building, that 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 to 16 in the North-East region.

From 1947 to 2014, only nine airports were built in the North-East. Since then, in a short span of eight years, the Modi government has built seven airports in the Northeast.

The name of Donyi Polo Airport (Itanagar Airport)reflects the traditions and rich cultural heritage of Arunachal Pradesh and its age-old indigenous reverence for the Sun (‘Donyi’) and the Moon (‘Polo’). It will be Arunachal Pradesh’s first airport with a runway of 2,300 metres, making it possible for the Boeing 747, one of the largest passenger aircraft, to land and take off.

On October 18, Indigo Airlines performed a successful test landing of one of their planes at the newly constructed airport. Airports in five northeastern states, namely, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, and Nagaland have seen flights take off for the first time in 75 years.

India’s greenfield airport list

  • Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport
  • Mopa Airport
  • Navi Mumbai Airport
  • Shirdi Airport
  • Hassan Airport (Karnataka)
  • Gulbarga Airport
  • Shivamogga airport
  • Bijapur Airport
  • Kannur International Airport
  • Itanagar Airport
  • Pakyong Airport
  • Karaikal Airport
  • Dholera Airport
  • Bhogapuram Airport
  • Mandi Airport
  • Sindhudurg Airport
  • Kushinagar International Airport

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