Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Arunachal Pradesh, November 19, where he would dedicate to the nation a 600-MW hydel power plant located in West Kameng district, which will make the frontier state a power surplus state. Modi will also inaugurate the state’s first greenfield airport ‘Donyi Polo Airport”, which is about 15 km from the state capital Itanagar, in a key step to boost connectivity in the northeast. The Donyi Polo name reflects the traditions and
rich cultural heritage of Arunachal Pradesh and its age-old indigenous reverence for the Sun (‘Donyi’) and the Moon (‘Polo’). The airport has been developed in an area of over 690 acres, at a cost of more than Rs 640 crore. With a 2300 m runway, the airport is suitable for all weather day operations. The airport terminal is a modern building, which promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy and recycling of resources.
The development of a new airport in Itanagar will not only improve connectivity in the region but will also act as a catalyst for the growth of trade and tourism, thus providing a boost to the economic development of the region.
On the other hand, the 600 MW Kameng Hydro Power Station has been developed at a cost of more than Rs 8,450 crore and in an area spread over more than 80 kilometres in West Kameng district.
The project will also benefit the national grid in terms of grid stability and integration and will contribute in a major way towards the fulfilment of the country’s commitment to increase the adoption of green energy.