Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio called on DoNER minister Jitendra Singh in New Delhi on Wednesday Credit: Twitter

Kohima: The ministry of Development of North East Region (DoNER) on Wednesday revealed its plans of partially funding the proposed greenfield airport at Ciethu, 20 km from Kohima, when Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio called upon him in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Singh assured Rio that the proposed airport project is being pursued seriously by the DoNER ministry, and following the identification of an appropriate site by the state government, a technical feasibility report was also prepared by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) favouring an all-weather airport.

Requesting partial funding from the DoNER or the North Eastern Council (NEC), Rio conveyed the total estimated cost of the proposed airport to be over Rs 6,000 crore.

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Further, Singh said that a proposal was submitted by the ministry for sanction of Rs 1,000 crore towards the project. Singh assured that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has high priorities for all eight Northeastern states, particularly the far-flung ones like Nagaland. And all developmental projects in the NE region are put on a fast-track and a follow-up is done on a regular basis to complete these projects within the stipulated timeline.

The DoNER minister expressed the Centre’s desire to ensure equitable development of Nagaland while finding a conclusive end to insurgency-related incidents. The proposed airport project at Ciethu with 6.25 acres of land will be the state capital’s first airport and the state’s second — the first being Dimapur Airport.

Earlier in August last year, an eight-member team of aviation experts conducted a feasibility study for a greenfield airport at Ciethu, after the 2006 field assessment was nullified.

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