The Union Cabinet has given its nod for the naming of the new Greenfield Airport as “Donyi Polo Airport, Itanagar”.
In January 2019, the Government of India had given its “in-principle” approval for the construction of the Hollongi Greenfield Airport, which is developed by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) with assistance from the Central Government and the State Government of Arunachal Pradesh.
The Resolution was passed by the State Government of Arunachal Pradesh to name the airport ‘Donyi Polo Airport, Itanagar’, which reflects the people’s reverence of the Sun (Donyi) and the Moon (Polo), and symbolises the rich cultural heritage of the State.
It is worth noting that the Donyi Polo Airport in Hollongi, 15 km away from Itanagar, will include the state capital in the aviation map, thereby highlighting the significance of air access with Arunachal Pradesh. The Airport is developed at an estimated cost of Rs 645 crores under the Capital Connectivity Scheme of the Union Government.
The proposed airport will accommodate A-321 aircraft in the future. Its terminal structure, which spans 4100 square meters, will accommodate 200 people during peak hours. The plan was developed as an energy-efficient structure with a rainwater harvesting system, and a long-term landscape plan is a part of the sustainable infrastructure development plan.
Besides, the plan also includes the surrounding landscapes with an organic roof structure that generates an instant connection with the spectator, moving away from severe geometry of straight lines and angles. The structure’s interior will give passengers the sense of serenity of Arunachal Pradesh.
Meanwhile, the ATC Tower, Technical Block, Fire Station, Medical Center, and other auxiliary works are part of the development project.