Guwahati: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate the 600 MW Kameng Hydro Power Station to the nation as well as open the first greenfield airport in Arunachal Pradesh, the Donyi Polo Airport in Itanagar today.
The decision is a crucial one to improve North-East connectivity.
The airport’s name honours the state’s ancient indigenous reverence for the Sun (known as “Donyi”) and the Moon (known as “Polo”) as well as the traditions and rich cultural heritage of Arunachal Pradesh.
The foundation stone for this airport was laid by the PM in 2019.
According to Dilip Sajnani, Director, Airport Authority of India, the airport which was built over more than 690 acres for more than Rs 640 crore is anticipated to significantly improve connectivity as well as support the expansion of trade and tourism in the area.
The airport’s 2300 m runway is ideally suited for daytime operations in all conditions. The airport terminal is a cutting-edge structure that supports resource recycling, renewable energy and energy efficiency.
The terminal in Hollongi which has a peak handling capacity of 200 people per hour was built at a cost of over Rs 955 crore, according to an official release . And it has a 4100 sq m size.
PM Modi had in a tweet yesterday said “Commerce and connectivity will gain immensely from this project.”
Arunachal chief minister Pema Khandu had termed the “The Great Hornbill Gate” at the Donyi Polo airport at Hollongi “an architectural marvel”.
In a tweet, on November 16 he said, “The Great Hornbill Gate, which welcomes you to iconic Donyi Polo airport, is an architectural marvel. Made of bamboo and cane, it’s been designed by promising Arunachali architect Aroty Panyang from East Siang district. Glad to have inaugurated the gate today.”
The Donyi Polo airport would bring the total number of airports in the Northeast to 16, making it the third operational airport in Arunachal Pradesh and the first in its capital city Itanagar.
There are now two airports in Arunachal Pradesh, one in Pasighat and the other in Tezu.
Meanwhile, PM Modi will dedicate the 600 MW Kameng Hydro Power Station to the country during this morning’s launch event.
The project which involved the development of the power station at a cost of more than Rs 8,450 crore intends to make Arunachal Pradesh a state with a surplus of electricity.
The project will assist the National Grid in terms of grid stability and integration and is consistent with India’s aim to move toward green energy projects.
The “Kashi Tamil Sangamam,” a month-long event being held in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh will also be officially launched by the Prime Minister later today.
The purpose of the event, which reflects the significance of “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat,” is to celebrate, reaffirm and rediscover the long-standing ties between Kashi and Tamil Nadu, two of the nation’s most important ancient learning origins.
Scholars, philosophers, artists, researchers, students, traders, artisans, etc. from the two states will have the chance to work together on the programme, share knowledge and best practices and benefit from one another’s experiences.
More than 2500 delegates from Tamil Nadu will land in Varanasi to take part in seminars, site visits, etc. and network with locals who share their interests, trades, and professions.
In addition, Kashi will host a month-long exhibition of handicrafts, ODOP (One District, One Product) products, books, documentaries, cuisine, art forms, history, tourist destinations, etc. from the two regions.