Public hearing on Hollongi Greenfield airport conducted

HOLLONGI, Oct 31: The environmental public hearing for Hollongi Greenfield airport was conducted by Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board (APSPCB) in collaboration with Papum Pare district administration at Patila here on Tuesday.

DC Dr Joram Beda, while  chairing the hearing, sought public support, saying every state capital in the country, except Itanagar, is connected by an airport.

“It is a dream of not only Hollongi people but every citizen of the state to see our pristine state connected through an airport,” he said.

He informed that environmental and forest clearances are two important procedures as per guidelines of the GoI for taking up any big project.

Responding to queries, he said the DA would conduct a separate public hearing on land acquisition-related matters in near future.

Airports Authority of India’s (AAI) NE region GM (Engg-II) DS Gariya gave a presentation on the project focusing on environmental impact assessment and environment management plan for the proposed airport.

Clarifying concerns raised by project-affected people, he said the airport would “not only change the socio-economic status of the region but also see tourism growth.”

Land Affected Forum secretary Likha Taji and other project-affected families conveyed their support and welcomed the project state’s greater interest.

Various issues related to environmental impact were discussed and APSPCB member-secretary Navneet Kumar Srivastava also spoke.

Balijan ADC Tasso Gambo, Papum Pare DLRSO and other officers from district administration, APSPCB, and AAI, among others, were present. (DIPRO)

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