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Post at: Jun 16 2022

Greenfield Airport in Hollongi (Arunachal Pradesh)

Why in news?

  • Airport Authority of India (AAI) has undertaken the work of constructing a Greenfield Airport in Hollongi, 15 Kms from Itanagar, considering the importance of air connectivity to the capital city.

Current Scenario

  • According to the report, the development work is in full swing and nearly 80% of airside works are completed.
  • The progress of new Interim Terminal building’s construction is about 30%.
  • The airport in Hollongi is planned for operationalization by 15 August 2022.
  • The airport terminal will be energy efficient provisioned with a Rain Water Harvesting system as well as a sustainable landscape. 

Significance

  • The Hollongi airport will be a great help to the people of Itanagar as at present the nearest airport to Itanagar is at Lilabari in Assam at a distance of 80 km. The airport at Hollongi will reduce the distance by a fourth. 
  • In addition to providing better connectivity to the region, the airport will also unravel the tourism potential of the state. 
  • The airport will boost the economic growth of the region and will be of strategically important to the nation. 
  • The airport will have various sustainability features like green belt along approach road to act as noise barrier. 

What is Greenfield project

  • A greenfield project is one that lacks constraints imposed by prior work on the site. 
  • Typically, what a greenfield project entails is development on a completely vacant site. The project starts completely from scratch rather a brownfield project is one that carries constraints related to the current state of the site.
  • Literal examples of greenfield projects are new factories, power plants, airports which are built from scratch on greenfield land.

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