PM Modi In Sikkim, To Inaugurate State’s First Airport Today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being welcomed upon his arrival at in Gangtok .Image PIB

Gangtok (Sikkim) , Sept 24 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, arrived in Gangtok for a two-day visit to Sikkim during which he will inaugurate the state’s only airport-the Pakyong Greenfield today , reported news agency PTI.

On Sunday the prime minister was received by Governor Ganga Prasad, Chief Minister Pawan Chamling and others at Libing Army Helipad.

From the Army helipad, the prime minister’s entourage travelled around to the Raj Bhawan where he will stay for the night. A large number of people carrying colourful flags gathered to get a glimpse of the prime minister. Later at Raj Bhawan, the prime minister met BJP leaders and representatives of various social organisations.

The airport is spread over 201 acres and is located on top of a hill about 2 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.

Here are the Live Updates of the Sikkim Airport inauguration:

Sep 24, 2018
09:20 (IST)
On March 5, IAF’s Dornier-228 aircraft was tested from Pakyong, officials said.

SpiceJet followed it by conducting test runs of the 78-seater Bombardier Q400 from Kolkata to Pakyong on March 10. This led to security clearances for commercial operations, they said.

Sep 24, 2018
09:18 (IST)
Pakyong airport, about 30 km from the state capital of Gangtok, is the 100th operational airport.

Sep 24, 2018
09:17 (IST)
SpiceJet will operate 78-seater Bombardier Q400 flights to and fro Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati everyday under the Civil Aviation Ministry’s Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme, Airport Director R Manjunatha said. UDAN aims at enhancing regional connectivity.

Mr Manjunatha said initially the airport would only cater to domestic flights, but later it will also provide international flight services connecting Sikkim with other countries like Paro in Bhutan, Kathmandu in Nepal and Dhaka in Bangladesh.
Sep 24, 2018
09:16 (IST)
The Sikkim Police has been entrusted with the security of the Pakyong airport.

Sep 24, 2018
09:12 (IST)
The first commercial flight from Pakyong would begin from October 4, according to the Airport Director.
Sep 24, 2018
09:11 (IST)
Pakyong Airport Director R Manjunatha said the land for the airport was carved from the mountain side using massive geo technical ‘cut and fill’ engineering works.
Sep 24, 2018
08:36 (IST)
PM Modi uploaded a few pictures on his way to Sikkim.

Serene and splendid!

Clicked these pictures on the way to Sikkim. Enchanting and incredible! #IncredibleIndiapic.twitter.com/OWKcc93Sb1

– Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 23, 2018
Sep 24, 2018
08:30 (IST)
The airport has 3,000 sq metre terminal building and has a capacity to handle 50 in-bound and as many out-bound passengers.
Sep 24, 2018
08:29 (IST)
The airport has a 1.75 km runway with a width of 30 metre. It has a 116-metre-long taxiway connecting it to an apron measuring 106 metre by 76 metre that can simultaneously accommodate two ATR-72 aircraft.

Sep 24, 2018
08:27 (IST)
The Indian Air Force (IAF) would be able to land various types of aircraft on the airport’s runway with the construction of another 75-metre stretch adjacent to the main runway in the coming days.
Sep 24, 2018
08:23 (IST)
The Pakyong airport is located around 60 km from the Indo-China border.

Sep 24, 2018
08:22 (IST)
Integrated structures comprising an ATC tower-cum-fire station, two sophisticated CFT, one terminal building for passengers, high-intensity runway lights, parking for over 50 vehicles are some of the features of the airport. The reinforcement wall of the project is 80-metre-high, one of the tallest in the world, Srivastava said.

Sep 24, 2018
07:45 (IST)
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.
Sep 24, 2018
07:40 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached in an MI-8 chopper from Bagdogra and was received by Governor Ganga Prasad, Chief Minister Pawan Chamling and others at Libing Army Helipad.

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