The cost of the project is Rs 955 crore Credit: EastMojo image

Guwahati: The construction work for the greenfield airport at Holongi in Arunachal Pradesh will start by February this year, informed a press release by Airports Authority of India.

Sanjeev Jindal, regional executive director, (NER), AAI, said that they are going to start the first phase of work for the runway (length 2300 meter) which will be compatible for operation of A320 type of aircraft, along with pavement works, watch tower, perimeter road, etc, by the first week of February 2020 and the tenders for the second phase of works for terminal building and other constructions is likely to be finalised in April this year. The cost of the project is Rs 955 crore.

The passenger terminal building will be built in about 4,100 sq cm which will be an all-modern facility and green building compliant. “We hope that after the completion of the project it will benefit people of Arunachal Pradesh and boost trade, tourism, education and export from the state,” Jindal said.

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Civil aviation minister of Arunachal Nakap Nalo on Thursday reviewed the progress of Hollongi green field airport in Itanagar at his office. Nalo assured that they will provide all possible help and support from the state government to alleviate any problems that could arise and appealed to all to come together like a team to ensure early completion of the Hollongi airport project.

Once completed, the airport will play a pivotal role in steering all around developmental activities in various sectors by providing much awaited air-connectivity to the state capital, he added.

The meeting was also attended by general managers from AAI JT Radhakrishna; Dilip Sajnanai (Projectin-charge); state director of civil aviation, Tamiyo Tatak; POWERGRID, Nirjuli Senior general manager C Borkotoky and the chief engineers of the departments of Public Works, Power, PHE&WS, UD & Housing.

The state work agencies were also present in the meeting and informed that shifting of 11 KV LT power line passing through the project site will be completed by March this year and works for bulk water supply and power supply, boundary wall, 4-lane approach road and other works will also commence by February.

Updating on the status of relocating the 132 KV Gohpur-Nirjuli transmission line, the POWERGRID officials said that they have already completed the detailed survey and are in the process of obtaining forest clearance for alternate routing.

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