India was hopeful of building an airport in Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh) said Gen V K Singh (Retd.), Minister of State For External Affairs and Minister of State with Independent Charge for Development of North Eastern Region reports Times of India. Tawang shares its borders with China. Work on another airport at Pashighat in the state is underway.
“But there is a problem with land availability there (in Tawang),” Singh said. “The land acquisition problem for the airport in Itanagar, Arunachal’s capital, has just been sorted out,” he said adding that the government is planning airfields in Arunachal Pradesh for smaller aircrafts.
The Minister said the government plans to create a separate company in collaboration with Indian airlines to operate small aircraft in the North East region. He added that highways are being planned as part of the efforts initiated for major infrastructure development in the region. The Railway Budget for the region too has been increased by 58 per cent.