The Union Cabinet has recently approved the naming of Hollongi Greenfield Airport in Itanagar of Arunachal Pradesh as “Donyi Polo Airport, Itanagar”.

 

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  • The name reflect the people’s reverence of the Sun as Donyi and the Moon as Polo to symbolise the traditions and rich cultural heritage of the State.
  • In January, 2019, the Central government granted in-principleapproval for development of Hollongi Greenfield Airport.
  • The project is being developed by Airports Authority of India with the help of Central Government and the State Government of at a cost of ₹646 crore.
  • With a 2,300 metre runway, the greenfield airport is the first in Arunachal Pradesh to have the capacity to land big aircraft.
  • The Hollongi airport is the states third after Pasighat and Tezu airports and only airport in the capital city.
  • The central government had earlier accorded its approval for setting up of the “greenfield airport” under the ‘Capital Connectivity Scheme’ to build up fixed wing air connectivity facility to the state capital.
  • The Donyi Polo airport in Itanagar is northeast India’s 16th airport.