Itanagar / New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the country’s first greenfield ‘Doni Polo’ airport and 600 MW Kameng Hydro Power Station at Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh. The Prime Minister also launched the Udaan brochure on the occasion.
The operationalisation of this airport will boost connectivity in the North Eastern region. The name reflects the traditions and rich cultural heritage of Arunachal Pradesh and its age-old indigenous reverence for the Sun (Doni) and the Moon (Polo). It has been developed over an area of more than 690 acres. It has cost more than ₹640 crore. The airport is suitable for all weather operations with a 2300 m runway. The airport terminal is a modern building, promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy and resource recycling.
The development of the new airport at Itanagar will not only improve connectivity in the area but will also act as a catalyst for the growth of trade and tourism. This will give a boost to the economic development of the region.
The Prime Minister also dedicated the 600 MW Kameng Hydro Power Station to the nation during the event. Developed at a cost of over ₹8,450 crore, this power station is spread over an area of over 80 kms in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. This project will make Arunachal Pradesh a power surplus state. This will benefit the national grid in terms of grid stability and integration. The project will make a major contribution towards meeting the country’s commitment to adopt green energy.