Sunday, September 30, 2018

Hope lands in Sikkim with new airport: Tourism, agriculture likely to get boost

Kolkata: In June last year, when the movement for a separate state of Gorkhaland reached its peak in North Bengal hills, tourism in neighbouring Sikkim took a hit. The all-important National Highway-10 (NH-10) was shut for several days virtually cutting off the hill state from the rest of the country.

But that is not all. At other times, like in 2015, it could be landslides that shut the arterial road for days.

The new airport in Gangtok that is set to begin operations on October 4 is expected to bridge a wide gap in the state’s tourism and infrastructure.

Pakyong Airport was inaugurated on September 24 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Spread over 990 acres, the airport is located 35 km south of Gangtok. At 4,500 feet above sea level, it is among the five highest airports in the country.
30/09/18 Santanu Chowdhury/Indian Express

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