State preps for PM’s Sikkim visit on 23 Sept

Gangtok, 12 Sept [IPR]: A high-level meeting was convened by Chief Secretary, AK Shrivastava, today to discuss and allocate responsibilities to various departments of the State Government and Central Government agencies for the proposed visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Sikkim. The CS informed that he has been intimated by the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Civil Aviation regarding the visit of the PM on 23 Sept, 2018. It is informed that the PM will inaugurate Pakyong Greenfield Airport in East Sikkim after which he will address a public meeting at St Xavier’s School ground in Pakyong and return the same day. The CS added that the detailed tour programme of the PM is awaited. He informed that Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, RN Choubey, will be in Sikkim on 13 Sept to oversee preparations for the visit. “I am very happy to share that the PM is visiting Sikkim for the second time and this time he will be inaugurating the Pakyong Airport which is ready and has undergone trial on two occasions in the month of March this year,” stated the CS. He said that the visit will lay to rest all the speculation surrounding the actual date of commercial operation of flights from the airport. He said that after formal inauguration of the airport on 23 Sept, the commercial operations will commence from the first week of Oct. The CS shared the tentative programme of the PM’s visit and took department-wise stock of preparations to be made. Among the points discussed, he stressed on the urgency to repair and upgrade roads along Rangpo to Ranipool by the NHIDCL and the stretch from Ranipool to Pakyong Airport by the Roads & Bridges Department. He called for taking adequate measures in case of any exigency. Issues that were discussed threadbare were security, upgradation of roads, immediate repair of retention wall below the airport, list of guests and passes, continuous power supply, medical team, dais plan and beautification and upkeep of Airport and Pakyong town. The CS further stated that there will be severe restriction on the number of officials attending the inauguration program at Pakyong Airport and urged all the heads of departments to keep a note of this. In conclusion, he urged all the heads of departments and concerned officers to put their best foot forward to make the high-level visit a success. The meeting had the presence and participation of ADGP, DIG and SPs of Sikkim Police, Principal Secretaries, Secretaries, and senior officers of Departments namely Forest, Health, Home Department, IPR, Buildings & Housing, UD&HD, PHE, Energy & Power, Horticulture, Tourism, Additional Secretary to the Governor, District Collector [East], SDM [Pakyong], Chief Engineer [NHIDCL], senior officials of Airport Authority of India [Pakyong Airport], and DGM [BSNL].