Union Cabinet approves naming Hollongi Airport as Donyi Polo Airport

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Donyi Polo Airport.

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 2 November approved naming of greenfield airport at Hollongi, Itanagar, as ‘Donyi Polo Airport.

Important facts

  • A resolution was passed by the state government of Arunachal Pradesh to name this airport 'Donny Polo Airport, Itanagar'.

  • The 'Doni Polo' reflects the people's respect for the Sun (Doni) and the Moon (Polo), symbols of the state's traditions and rich cultural heritage.

  • The Government of India had given 'in-principle' approval for the development of Hollongi Greenfield Airport in January 2019.

  • The project is being developed by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) in collaboration with the Central Government and the State Government of Arunachal Pradesh at a cost of Rs 646 crore.

  • Hollongi Airport is the third airport in the state and the only airport in the capital city after Pasighat and Tezu airports.

  • Doni Polo Airport in Itanagar is the 16th airport in Northeast India.

Operational airports in the north-eastern region

  • Guwahati, Silchar, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Tezpur, Lilabari, and Rupsi (Assam); Pasighat and Tezu (Arunachal Pradesh); Agartala (Tripura); Imphal (Manipur); Shillong (Meghalaya); Dimapur (Nagaland); Lengpui (Mizoram) and Pakyong (Sikkim).

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