‘Sikkim’s first green field airport at Pakyong will be operationalised by 2017, which will provide direct connectivity to the land-locked State’, informed Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh. ‘The construction of the airport had got delayed due to the rehabilitation process post the Sikkim earthquake in 2012,’ stated Singh.
He pointed out that the Rs 300-crore Pakyong airport is being constructed by the Airport Authority of India on 200 acres of land. The airport is being built at an altitude of 4,700 feet, and will be one of the five highest airports in India.
‘There is also a plan to connect Sikkim with the country’s rail network and after the present government took over under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, this will be the third Northeastern state after Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh to be brought on the rail map of India,’ said Singh. He also referred to the plan for constructing an alternative road highway to Gangtok in Sikkim via West Bengal and two ropeways which will serve the purpose of both tourism as well as transport.