Narendra Modi inaugurates Sikkim's first airport, says govt committed to make North East 'engine of India's growth story' [Photos]
After inaugurating the Pakyong airport in Sikkim, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India now has 100 functional airports.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated Sikkim's first airport and dedicated it to the nation. The first commercial flight from Pakyong is expected to take off on 4 October. Twitter/@narendramodi
Narendra Modi said that with the inauguration of the New Greenfield Airport in Pakyong, the country currently has 100 functional airports. "We are committed to make the North East an engine for India's growth story. For the first time since independence, increasing connectivity by both air and rail, as well as bringing electricity to the remote areas of the North East, has been stressed." Twitter/@narendramodi
The prime minister also promised that the airport in Sikkim will not just improve connectivity to the "landlocked and bordering" Sikkim, it will also boost tourism and other economic activities in the state. PTI
The New Greenfield Airport in Pakyong was inaugurated nine years after its foundation stone was laid around 33 kilometres from Gangtok in 2009. It is located around 60 kilometres from the India-China border and is spread across over 201 acres. Twitter/@narendramodi
Modi addressed people after inaugurating the airport, blaming previous governments for working at a slow pace that stalled development in Sikkim. He added that since Independence, the country had only 65 airports till 2014. But in the past four years, his government had built 35 airports. Twitter/@narendramodi
The prime minister arrived in Gangtok on Sunday in an MI-8 chopper from Bagdogra. He was received by Governor Ganga Prasad, Chief Minister Pawan Chamling and others at the Libing Army Helipad. He was given a gun salute by the army on arrival. Twitter/@narendramodi