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What is Greenfield Airport inaugurated in Arunachal Pradesh?

What is Greenfield Airport inaugurated in Arunachal Pradesh?

The first greenfield airport in Arunachal Pradesh, known as Donyi Polo Airport, was inaugurated in Itanagar’s Hollongi on Saturday.

Named after “Donyi Polo”, a god revered by the state’s indigenous communities, the airport will help the people of Arunachal Pradesh and Upper Assam realize a meaningful dream. It will be Arunachal Pradesh’s third operational airport, bringing the total number of airports in the region in the northeast to 16.

What is Greenfield Airport?

A greenfield airport is an aviation facility with the characteristics of a greenfield project. A greenfield in nature is defined as a wide expanse of natural land (meadow, prairie, pasture), here greenfield denotes that a project is free of restrictions imposed by previous work or existing infrastructure.

Such projects can be highly coveted by engineers as time should not be allotted for the demolition of unnecessary buildings etc. built in areas developed for the development of the particular place.

Greenfield Airport is a new airport being built on an undeveloped site. As per the Government of India Policy on Airport Infrastructure issued in December 1999, no Greenfield airport will normally be permitted within a distance of 150 km from the nearest existing airport.

It is usually at a greater distance from the city and works to control the traffic of the airport already existing in that city. It is a kind of secondary airport. This is the biggest difference between the two. While preparing, special care is taken with the environment. That’s why it’s never done on green land.

Greenfield Project

A completely new airport is built from scratch on a new or undeveloped site. The word ‘greenfield’ means a project that has no restrictions imposed by previous work. Such airports are built to support the projected traffic requirements of the existing airport.

The Government formulated the Greenfield Airports Policy, 2008 to provide existing guidelines for the development of greenfield airports in the country.

The central government has granted approval for the construction of 21 greenfield airports in the country. Among these, the Gautam Buddha Nagar district in Uttar Pradesh will have the largest airport in the country. Apart from this, greenfield airports would be established in places like Mopa (Goa), Navi Mumbai, Shirdi and Sindhudurg in Maharashtra, Kalaburagi, Bijapur, Hassan and Shimoga in Karnataka.

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