Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he would inaugurate the first airport in Sikkim at Paykong Monday and that it will improve connectivity, benefitting the people of the state.
The prime minister will leave for the Himalayan state after launching the Centre’s flagship Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission from the Jharkhand capital Ranchi on Sunday.
“After the programme in Jharkhand I will leave for Sikkim. In Sikkim, I will be inaugurating the Pakyong Airport tomorrow, which will improve connectivity and benefit the people of Sikkim,” Modi said on Twitter.
Sikkim’s dream of having an airport will come true nine years after a foundation stone of the greenfield airport was laid, around 33 km from Gangtok, in 2009.
The airport is spread over 201 acres and is located on top of a hill about two km above Pakyong village at 4,500 feet above sea level, Sikkim Chief Secretary A K Srivastava said.
The airport was constructed by the Airports Authority of India and at present, the nearest airport from Sikkim is located 124 km away in Bagdogra in West Bengal, he said.
The airport was constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 605 crore and is an “engineering marvel” for its soil reinforcement and slope stabilisation techniques keeping in view the altitude it was built at, Srivastava said.
Dream airport come true nine years after a foundation stone of the greenfield airport was laid, around 33 km from Gangtok, in 2009.