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3 greenfield airports in NE
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUL 24:
Published on 24 Jul. 2010 11:32 PM IST
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The civil aviation ministry has approved to set up three greenfield airports, including Cheitu in Nagaland to improve the air connectivity in the north eastern states, an official statement said today. Of the three greenfield airports - the one at Pakyong in Sikkim is under construction at cost of Rs.264 crore, the statement said.
The two other greenfield airports would be set up at Itangar, the state capital of Arunachal Pradesh and Cheitu in Nagaland’s capital Kohima.
The development of Tezu airport in Arunachal Pradesh, at a cost of Rs.79.00 crores, has been approved during 2009-10, it said.
The project is being implemented by the Airports Authority of India. The airport will be ready for operations by March 2012.
Besides, the viability gap funding to M/s Alliance Air for providing air services in the Northeastern Region has been approved for the years 2010 and 2011 at a cost of Rs. 94.14 crore, the statement said.
On development of national highways in the region, the statement said, about 596 km. length has been completed during the year 2009-10.
“About 2319 kilometre of roads & highways have been developed in Arunachal Pradesh. Bids have already been received for 4 projects with a total length of 776 kms. to be awarded shortly. The Trans-Arunachal Highway forms an important part of this initiative,” the official statement said.
The mega rail-cum-road bridge at Bogibeel over river Brahmaputra which has been taken up will provide an important link between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Conversion of the metre gauge routes i.e. Lumding-Silchar-Jiribam, Badarpur-Kumarghat and Rangiya-Murkongselek to broad gauge is being done on priority. The capital cities of the NE states are getting progressively connected by rail.
Guwahati and Agartala are already connected. Projects for connecting the capitals of Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh have been taken up, the statement said.

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