Thursday, August 03, 2017

Hollongi, not Tawang, chosen for greenfield airport

Guwahati: Amid deteriorating Sino-Indian ties, this is one news that may soothe some frayed nerves. The Arunachal Pradesh government and the Union aviation ministry have zeroed in on Hollongi as the site for a Greenfield airport. Earlier, the government was examining Tawang —very close to Tibet (China) — as a possible site for the new airport. But due to paucity of land needed for the project, Hollongi has been selected.
"We had two examined two sites in Arunachal (including Banderdewa, which is also called Karsinga). The state government of Arunachal and a panel of aviation ministry have chosen Hollongi as the site for a new Greenfield airport. It will be big enough to have ATR-72 (a turbopropo) movement," Airports Authority of India (AAI) chairman Guruprsdad Mohapatra told TOI.
At present, Arunachal does not have a functional civilian airport. Indian Air Force has some advanced landing grounds in the state for strategic purposes.
AAI has made an airport in Teju which can now have ATR operations from bigger northeastern airports like Guwahati and Dibrugarh. This airport will soon be inaugurated.
03/08/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India