Monday, September 24, 2018

PM Modi inaugurates Sikkim's first airport, stresses on development

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday dedicated Sikkim's first airport at Pakyong to the nation and said previous governments worked in a slow pace for ushering in development.
Modi said his government is committed to make the Northeast an "engine of India's growth story".
With the inauguration of the greenfield airport, the country currently has 100 airports, the prime minister said.
He said the greenfield airport in Sikkim will not just improve connectivity between "landlocked and bordering" Sikkim, but will also boost tourism and other economic activities in the state.
Sikkim's dream of having an airport came true nine years after the foundation stone for it was laid here, around 33 km from state capital Gangtok, in 2009.
Located around 60 km from the Indo-China border, the airport is spread across over 201 acres and is on the top of a hill about two-km above Pakyong village at 4,500 feet above sea level.
Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu, who was also present on the occasion, said the dream of the people of Sikkim to have an airport of their own has now come true.
24/09/18 PTI/Times of India

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