Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh ) , Oct 2 : The proposed greenfield airport at Hollongi in Arunachal Pradesh, when completed, would have better facilities than the recently inaugurated Pakyong Airport in Sikkim. The benefits to come would be beyond one’s imagination, News Agency PTI said quoting the Union minister of state for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha .
Citing the advantages of the proposed airport at Hollongi, near Itanagar, he said, it has better topography and a larger runway, the report said .
“The proposed 2,200 metre runway at the greenfield airport can handle jet aircraft that can provide direct flight service to metro cities. On demand, flight services can also be extended to international destinations,” the report quoted the Minister.
The report said that a greenfield airport is an aviation facility that is planned, commissioned and built from scratch without destroying an existing structure.
About Rs. 1,200 crore would be spent for the project, the ‘bhoomi pujan’ of which will be held in December.
Asked about air connectivity plans in Arunachal Pradesh, Mr Sinha said the entire state would be linked with aviation services in the next 10 years.
The minister said that under UDAAN Scheme, small and big towns in Arunachal would be connected with helicopter, seaplanes and passenger drone services.
He also informed that government is providing subsidy on helicopter services with Rs. 2,500 for half an hour air travel.
Under the Chief Minister’s Air Connectivity Scheme, all Advanced Landing Ground (ALG)s in the state will be made operational for air services connecting it with Itanagar, Tezu and Pasighat airport, the report quoted Chief Minister Pema Khandu .
The chief minister said that tender for operating of air services in the state has been completed and will be finalized soon.
The Ministry for Development of North Eastern Region would spend about Rs. 350 crore for the initial phase of work in the Hollongi airport.