Tezu: Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya M Scindia inaugurated the newly developed infrastructure of Tezu Airport in Arunachal Pradesh today. He also announced three direct routes from Itanagar under the UDAN 5.0 scheme: Itanagar to Delhi, Itanagar to Jorahat, and Itanagar to Rupsi, to be operational soon.
Tezu is a small town located on the banks of the Lohit River and is the headquarters of the Lohit District of Arunachal Pradesh. The town is known for its scenic beauty, with lush green forests and rolling hills all around.
The Tezu Airport is a domestic airport which operates through a single runway. The airport is developed on 212 acres of land, and capable of handling operations for ATR 72 type of aircraft. The Airport Authority of India (AAI) undertook the development and upgradation work to operationalize Tezu Airport at the request of the State Government. The works undertaken for Rs. 170 crores include the extension of the runway (1500m x 30m) and the construction of a new apron for 2 numbers. ATR 72 type aircraft, construction of a new terminal building, and a fire station cum ATC Tower.
Tezu Airport was operationalized in 2018 under the RCS UDAN scheme of the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The airport is currently connected to Dibrugarh, Imphal & Guwahati through regular scheduled flights by Alliance Air and Flybig Airline.
Salient Features of Terminal Building
- Terminal Area: 4000 Sqm.
- Peak Hour Serving Capacity: 300 passengers.
- Check-in Counters: 05 + (03 in future)
- Arrival Carrousels 02
- Aircraft Parking Bays: 02 – ATR-72 type of aircraft.
- Double Insulated Roofing System.
- Energy Efficient HVAC & lighting system.
- Low Heat Gain Glazing.
- ECBC-compliant equipment.
- Solid Waste Management System.
- Re-use of treated water for flushing and horticulture purposes.
- Rainwater Harvesting Integrated with Sustainable Urban Drainage System.
- Use of Efficient Water Fixtures.
Benefits of the project
- Expansion of airport capacity to handle more traffic.
- Ensure better connectivity of the northeastern region with the rest of the country.
- Boost tourism, trade, and employment generation.
- Promote infrastructure development & economic growth of the region.
Scindia talked about the state of the civil aviation sector in Arunachal Pradesh and made a comparison with 2014, he said that till 2014 there were no airports here and in 9 years, 4 new airports have been developed and operationalised. He added that the New Terminal Building at Tezu will further enhance the connectivity of the region and play a vital role in the economic development of the region.
– global bihari bureau