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Air Connectivity Boost For Arunachal: Greenfield Airport Near Itanagar Likely To Be Operationalised In August This Year

Swarajya Staff

Mar 04, 2022, 08:59 AM | Updated 08:58 AM IST

Pic Via PIB Website
Pic Via PIB Website

In a big boost to air connectivity in Arunachal Pradesh, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has undertaken the work of constructing a greenfield airport in Hollongi, 15 km from the state's capital Itanagar.

With an estimated cost of Rs 645 crore, the project includes the development work including construction of airport pavements, air side work, terminal Building and city side works.

The proposed airport is designed for operations of A-320 category of aircraft and future extension of runway by 500 m length to cater A-321 type of aircraft, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said in a statement on Thursday (3 March).

With an area of 4,100 sqm, the terminal building of the airport will be able to handle 200 passengers during peak hours, the ministry said.

Equipped with eight check-in counters, the terminal building will have all modern passenger facilities, it added.

"Development Work is in full swing and almost 80 per cent of airside works is completed. Progress of Construction of New Interim Terminal building is 30 per cent," the ministry said.

The airport is planned for operationalisation on 15 August this year.

The terminal will be an energy efficient building provisioned with Rain Water Harvesting system and sustainable landscape. The development work also includes construction of ATC Tower cum Technical Block, Fire station, Medical Centre and other ancillary works, the ministry said.

The building’s envelope is influenced by the surrounding landscapes. Moving away from the strict geometry of straight lines and angles, the roof form is organic and establishes instant connection with the viewer, according to the ministry.

The building interior is designed to emanate a sense of calm to the passengers. This is achieved by providing free-flowing spaces, hidden service core and a glass façade that links the eye to the panoramic scenic beauty of the Himalayan Foothills, it added.

According to the ministry, an airport to connect the capital city is a much-needed aspiration of local community which will also accelerate economic activity in the region.

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