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Nagaland’s hill capital- Kohima to have an Airport by 2021?- A report

(File Photo of Dimapur Airport)

Kohima, February 26 (NE): If everything said is to be believed, then the Hill capital of Nagaland, Kohima is to have an airport by 2021. This announcement was made by none other than the Union Home Minister, Shri Amit Shah while addressing a gathering on the occasion of Arunachal Pradesh 34th Statehood Day on February 20, 2020.

Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah said, “I want to assure you that the capitals of each northeastern states will be connected via road and air connectivity before 2021.”

A social media notification by BJP Nagaland also shared this information on Monday, February 24, 2020 with the national media report of “All Northeast capitals to be connected by Road and Air by 2021” – Northeast finally have got the love and focus it deserved for 60 years, added the notification.

During the 5th Session of 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) also witnessed serious deliberation on the new Airport at Kohima. Shri Paiwang Konyak, Minister of Transport, Civil Aviation and Railways informed the house that “in line with the national policy of having Airports in every State capital, the Nagaland government is pursuing with the Government of India for the construction of an Airport at Ciethu for the state capital Kohima.”

Government of Nagaland is also in process of acquiring land at Ciethu, Ciechama under Kohima district for the airport. Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie has informed that additional land measuring 368.5201 Acres at Ciethu, Ciechama under Kohima district is required for acquisition/outright purchase for Ciethu Ciechama Airport, if this all works out for good, then Nagaland’s Hill capital will very soon to have an airport.

HM Amit Shah, further said that Hollongi airport near Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh capital is being constructed to include the state in the air connectivity map. Modi had laid the foundation stone for the Hollongi airport project in February last year, Shah added during his speech at Arunachal Pradesh.

According to another report, among all the eight Northeast States, apart from Nagaland, two other State also do not have an airport at its capital district.

The picture is not very clear at this moment. Earlier the ruling People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) ally, National People’s Party (NPP) came out openly against any plans of shifting Dimapur Airport to another location. It need to be seen how this new plan of having an airport at the state capital- Kohima will evolve in the coming days.