Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday (September 24) inaugurated Sikkim’s Pakyong Airport giving the state a massive connectivity boost. The Greenfield Airport is constructed at an altitude of 4,500 feet from the sea level and had cost around Rs 600 crore. While addressing a cheerful crowd, PM Modi said that he solely dedicates the Pakyong airport to the people of Sikkim, adding that it was India’s 100th operational airport.
"Work is progressing at a high pace to strengthen both, infrastructural & emotional connectivity to Sikkim & Northeast. I've been here myself to check the development work in Northeast & Union Ministers regularly visit the region," said PM Modi at the inauguration of Pakyong Airport, Gangtok.
Work is progressing at high pace to strengthen both, infrastructural&emotional connectivity to Sikkim&Northeast. I've been here myself to check the development work in Northeast&Union Miniters regularly visit the region: PM Modi at inauguration of Pakyong Airport, Gangtok.#Sikkim pic.twitter.com/Wrz7UcmDVo— ANI (@ANI) September 24, 2018
The first commercial flight from the Pakyong airport would start from October 4.
Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu was present during the inauguration and while addressing the gathering he said, the Pakyong airport is a gift from PM Modi to the people of Sikkim and it will benefit the people of Sikkim. It will boost both tourism and employment in the state.
The New Greenfield Airport terminal building at (Pakyong) is an excellent architectural structure of 3200 sqm having the capacity to fit 5 Lakhs passenger per Annum. It is decked up with sustainability features like Rainwater Harvesting, LED lighting, & re-usage of treated water. pic.twitter.com/QATZf4Y6Bd— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) September 24, 2018
In his address to #Sikkim @PMOIndia @narendramodi is listing unprecedented contribution by his Govt to develop #NORTHEAST in last 4 years . Huge crowd responding MODI MODI,reflection of huge love& affection people have for their beloved leader.Great watching this sight from dias— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) September 24, 2018
The government is trying to build another 100 airports in the next 10 years, he added.
Meanwhile, Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling said the inauguration of the Pakyong airport was an historic event and termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a great person.
“The Prime Minister is not just a PM, but also a great person,” said CM Chamling.
The Greenfield airport is located around 60 kilometre from the Indo-China border and would provide India an advantage from a security point of view.
The nearest airport from the Pakyong airport is located 124 kilometre away in Bagdogra, West Bengal.
Pakyong airport has a runway of 1.75 kilometre with a 30-metre width alongside state-of-art facilities.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the inauguration of New Greenfield Airport at Pakyong, Gangtok in Sikkim. PM to speak shortly. pic.twitter.com/7qpvPMIV06— ANI (@ANI) September 24, 2018
Earlier, IAF’s Dornier-228 aircraft was tested from the Pakyong airport, officials said.
ATC tower-cum-fire station, one terminal building for passengers, high-intensity runway lights and two CFT are some of the features of the airport.
The foundation stone for the Pakyong airport was laid in 2009 and after 9 good years, Sikkim’s dream of having an airport has come true.