Giving a mega boost to regional connectivity PM Narendra Modi inaugurated Sikkim’s Pakyong airport today. The airport is situated at a height of 4,500 feet from sea level and has been constructed at a cost of more than Rs 600 crore.
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. The first commercial flight from Pakyong would begin from October 4. Speaking on the occasion, PM Modi hailed all the engineers for their work in bringing about an engineering marvel. Modi also stated that India now has 100 functional airports, out of which 35 airports were built in the last four years.
PM Modi also said that work is progressing at a rapid pace to strengthen both, infrastructural and emotional connectivity to Sikkim and rest of the northeastern region. Integrated structures of the airport comprise of an ATC tower-cum-fire station, a terminal building for passengers, high-intensity runway lights, parking for over 50 vehicles. The reinforcement wall of the project is 80-metre-high — one of the tallest in the world.