Gangtok: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Pakyong Airport here. This is the first airport in the Himalayan State and the 100th airport in the country.
Read in Hindi: पीएम ने किया सिक्किम में पहले हवाई अड्डे का शुभारंभ
Addressing a large public gathering on the occasion, the Prime Minister described the day as a historic one for Sikkim, and an important one for India.
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The Prime Minister said that Pakyong Airport would greatly ease connectivity to Sikkim. He said that in order to ensure that it is useful to the common man, this airport is part of the UDAN scheme.
The Prime Minister said that emphasis is being given to enhancing both infrastructural and emotional connectivity in the entire North Eastern region, at a rapid rate.
PM said that out of 100 airports in the country today, 35 have been operationalized in the last four years.