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Pakyong Airport: Official, CM Chamling talk June inauguration

Statesman News Service | Gangtok |

The Secretary of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Rajiv Nayan Choubey, on Thursday visited Pakyong Airport and took stock of the progress of work at the terminal building and the runway.

He also addressed other technical issues which needed to be resolved before the inauguration of the airport. In his meeting with Chief Minister Pawan Chamling here, the duo also discussed inauguration of Sikkim’s first airport in June this year.

Mr Choubey was accompanied by the Chief Secretary of Sikkim AK Shrivastava, Secretary of Tourism and Civil Aviation Department Puneet Kansal, DC (East) Prabhakar Verma, SDM (Pakyong) Yadav K Sharma, Member of Planning section of the Airports Authority of India (AAI), Executive Director AAI, Director AAI, General Manager AAI, and representatives from the Directorate General of Civil aviation (DGCA) and Spicejet Operations.

During a presentation on Sikkim’s first airport, various matters such as the master plan, technicalities, refueling and other components were discussed, whiel Mr Choubey instructed the different parties to expedite the work.

“The preparedness of the Airport for inauguration was the focal point of the meeting, and deliberations were also held on the beautification, indoor traditional decorations and interiors for which the state government has been entrusted with the job of completing it by April end,” state government officials said here.

“Mr Choubey expressed his happiness and congratulated everyone involved for the remarkable job,” they added. Mr Choubey also called on Chief Minister Pawan Chamling at his official residence at Mintokgang in Gangtok.

“The duo discussed possibility of the inauguration of the airport during the first fortnight of June 2018. It was also informed that the plan for inauguration was shifted to June due to last-minute and final technical works and procedures,” sources said.