ITANAGAR, Dec 23 - While informing that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) was “specifically” monitoring the Hollongi airport project, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has fervently appealed the people of the area “not to create hurdles again” and allow the Greenfield airport to see the light of day.
“I am happy to inform that the compensation issue has been resolved. The State Government will bear 10 per cent of the cost of land compensation and most probably the Prime Minister himself will lay the foundation stone of the airport project sometime in January next year,” Khandu revealed while addressing a developmental meeting at Kimin on Saturday after launching a slew of infrastructure projects.
Reiterating his call for change of people’s mindset, particularly in the western region of the State, the Chief Minister said while eastern parts of the State are progressing fast, the western districts have failed to keep pace. He cited the progress of the Trans Arunachal Highway and other roads in the eastern districts and the slow progress of roads in western districts.
“Another concern is the slow progress of the airport at Hollongi. It is not a proud thing that ours is the only State capital in the country without an airport after 70 years of Independence.
The blame goes to our mindset. Let’s change it, not only in context of the airport but every project that would benefit all,” Khandu said. He appealed the people of the region to avoid individual preferences and monetary profits but think for the common good and progress of their respective areas.