Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone of a newly approved greenfield airport at Holongi, south of Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh, northeast India.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation finally cleared the proposal in December 2018, after the project stayed on the drawing board for almost 20 years.
A total of INR9.5 billion (USD133 million) is being invested on construction, including a 4,100 m2 terminal building capable of handling up to 200 passengers per hour.
“The previous government neglected Arunachal and we are here to change that,” declared Modi. Today the state capital Itanagar can only be reached by road or by helicopter from Guwahati Airport, 320 km away in Assam.