The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has started the construction of a new greenfield airport at Hollongi in Arunachal Pradesh.

The project, which will be located 15km from Arunachal Pradesh’s capital Itanagar, is expected to entail an investment of Rs6.5bn ($88.7m).

The new domestic terminal building of the Hollongi airport, which has an area of 4,100m², will be able to accommodate 200 passengers during peak hours.

It will have eight check-in counters and other modern passenger facilities.

The project includes development work such as the construction of airport pavements and the terminal building, as well as airside and cityside work.

It is also said to include the development of an ATC tower and technical block, fire station, medical centre and other ancillary works.

Furthermore, the terminal is being planned as an energy-efficient building equipped with a rain water harvesting system and sustainable landscape.

According to AIA, the building’s design has been inspired by the surrounding environment. It will feature an organic roof form to establish instant connections with the viewer.

The interior area will be designed to instil a sense of calm to passengers with free-flowing spaces and a hidden service core.

It will feature a glass façade, offering panoramic scenes of the Himalayan Foothills.

Site clearing work is currently underway after the completion of soil testing and field survey works. Substructure works have already been completed and superstructure fabrication is under progress.

The new project is scheduled for completion by November 2022.

At present, the closest airport for people in Itanagar is Lilabari Airport, which is at a distance of 80km in the state of Assam.