The proposed launch of Arunachal Pradesh’s visionary Greenfield Airport at Hollongi near Itanagar has been delayed for another 2 months.
The newly-constructed airport, recently renamed ‘Donyi Polo’ by the state administration, was supposed to be inaugurated on India’s 75th Independence Day on August 15.
Civil Aviation Minister of Arunachal Pradesh
Addressing the media persons, the Civil Aviation Minister of Arunachal Pradesh – Nakap Nalo today said that “The scheduled inauguration of ‘Donyi Polo Airport, Itanagar’ has been delayed to October 2022 due to non-receipt of flight schedule from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).”
Donyi Polo Airport
“All the major civil constructions like the runway, air traffic control (ATC) tower, (interim) terminal building, etc are finished. The Airports Authority of India (AAI has already organized various regulatory authority inspections and has ‘successfully’ conducted flight calibrations and test landing of aircraft last month. Donyi Polo Airport is all set for the inauguration,” Nalo stated.
“It is learned that the flight schedules are prepared in October by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). So, we have to wait for it till next October. After inclusion of our airport in flight schedule then we can go for inauguration of the Donyi Polo Airport, Itanagar,” he mentioned.
- “We are in constant touch with the officials of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and hope, we will be joining the country’s aviation map soon,” Nalo further said.
Located nearly 15 km away from Itanagar, the proposed airport will place the state capital on the aviation map; thereby highlighting the significance of air access to the important city of Arunachal Pradesh.
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It has been built for Rs 645 crores under the Centre’s Capital Connectivity Scheme, which has been designed to accommodate A-320 aircraft, with a 500-meter runway expansion planned in the future to accommodate A-321 aircraft.
In addition, the proposed airport will be the 1st in Arunachal Pradesh with a runway of 2,300 meters, making it ideal for operating Boeing 747s – one of the biggest passenger aircraft.
- It’s worthy to note that the under-construction Greenfield Airport in Hollongi attained a major boost after the Airports Authority of India (AAI) conducted its 1st flight test landing on July 19.
Its terminal structure, which spans 4100 square meters, will be able to accommodate 200 people during peak hours. The terminal building will include 8 check-in counters and all modern passenger amenities. It is expected to be operational by 2022.
This terminal will be an energy-efficient structure with a rainwater harvesting system and a long-term landscape plan.
Besides, the surrounding landscapes have an impact on the building’s exterior. The roof form is organic and generates an instant connection with the spectator, moving away from the strict geometry of straight lines and angles. The structure’s interior is meant to provide passengers with a sense of serenity.
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