CS takes stock of preparedness of Pakyong Airport Airport set to be operational next month

Pakyong, 02 Sept [IPR]:

Chief Secretary, AK Shrivastava, visited the upcoming Pakyong Greenfield Airport in East Sikkim to take detailed stock of the progress of work as well as the preparedness of the airport in view of the consequent inauguration schedule.

The CS inspected the distressed area of the wall and discussed about its restoration. He was apprised about the status in detail by Director, Operations, Manjunathan R, and General Manager, Engineering-cum-Project Head, Gautam Biswas, who explained that the distress is in the gabion box which has no bearing on the strength and stability of the wall since it acts as only the external look and does not contribute to the structural strength of the RE wall. They also stated that it caused no immediate danger to the runway and the remedial work was in progress.

Matters regarding water, power and other associated works were also discussed and PCE-cum-Secretary, Energy and Power Department, KB Kunwar, informed that dedicated line for airport supply has already been provided.

Another vital issue discussed was the necessity for pruning of trees which as informed is an operational requirement. Necessary instruction was given to Sub Divisional Magistrate, Pakyong, Tenzing D Denzongpa, for analyzing number of trees which needed to be pruned while strictly instructing that minimum number of trees should be touched.

Interior beautification and horticulture work was also inspected and the CS appreciated the Sikkimese artwork adorning the interiors.

The CS expressed his satisfaction at the outcome and instructed that all the leftover work be completed during the stipulated schedule.

It was also informed that the possibility of inauguration of the airport was most likely to be in the end of this month or during first week of Oct.