Sikkim Cabinet approves Rs 50 cr for Pakong airport

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Gangtok, Nov 4 (UNI) The Sikkim government has decided to sanction Rs 50 crores in favour of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) as the state's first installment for construction of an airport near here.

The advance, part of Sikkim's contribution of Rs 100 crores for the airport construction, was sanctioned by the cabinet that met on October 22, a press release issued today said.

The new greenfield airport at Pakyong, East Sikkim, about 35 km from here will have a 1700 metre runway with two parking bays. It will be operational for ATR 72 type of Aircraft in fair weather condition.

Sikkim is a land locked state with connectivity only by road. It is also one of the two states in the country which has no civil airport. The nearest one is at Bagdogra, West Bengal, 125 kms away from Gangtok.

The Planning Commission had already sanctioned Rs 316 crores for the airport construction.

Among the other decisions approved by the cabinet was sanctioning Rs 3.72 crores for establishment of Sikkim State Data Centre. The cabinet also approved the draft agreement to be signed for two mega hydel power projects. The agreement is proposed to be a joint venture between Sikkim Power Development Corporation with two power developers for 60 MW Lethang hydel power project and 30 MW Suntalay hydel power project.

Rs 70 lakhs will be spent on developing rural tourism in Tingchim village in North Sikkim, the cabinet decided.

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