The Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister – Pema Khandu, noted that the government is striving to improve the air, rail & road connectivity in the frontier state, which proved immensely beneficial to the citizens.
The Donyi Polo Airport in Hollongi, 15 km away from Itanagar is the first greenfield facility of Arunachal Pradesh, will bring the state capital in the aviation map, thereby highlighting the significance of air access with Arunachal Pradesh. It reflects the people’s reverence of the Sun (Donyi) and the Moon (Polo), and symbolizes the rich cultural heritage of the State.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the Donyi-Polo Airport in Itanagar and dedicating the 600 MW Kameng Hydro Power Station to the nation, Khandu noted that the greenfield airport took a little over 3 years for completion.
Referring the day as ‘historic’ for Arunachal Pradesh, the CM remarked that “Economic activities will get a new boost and witness a sharp rise with the airport becoming functional.”
Khandu said all the seven advanced landing grounds built in the state in the 1960s have been rebuilt and operationalized.
The chief minister said that Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Airports Authority of India (AAI) will start air services within the state using fixed-wing Dornier 228 aircraft.
Regarding the 600 MW Kameng Hydropower Station, Khandu said the run-of-the-river scheme to harness the hydropower of the Bichom and Tenga rivers (tributaries of Kameng river) got delayed due to various reasons for many years. But, the project was fast-tracked, after the NDA government came to power in 2014.
“With the commissioning of these projects, Arunachal Pradesh will contribute significantly to India’s target of achieving a 5 trillion-dollar economy,” Khandu added.