Pakyong, 13 Sept [IPR]:
Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, RN Choubey, reached the State on 12 Sept to take stock of the final preparations for the upcoming visit of Prime Minister NarendraModi to Sikkim on 23 Sept. The Union Secretary was accompanied by DIG, Special Protection Group [SPG],Suryakant Sharma, Member Finance, Airport Authority of India, S Suresh, and other officials from the Ministry and the SPG.
The Secretary made his first stop at St. Xavier’s School ground in Pakyongwhere he was received by State Chief Secretary, AK Shrivastava, and officers of the State Administration.
The Union Secretary and his team inspected the ground which will be the venue for the public meeting immediately after the inauguration of PakyongGreenfield Airport on 23 Sept.
Specific directions were given regarding the stage, the dais plan and security arrangements as well as placement of LCD screens on both sides of the ground by the Airport Authority of India. Live streaming of the Airport inauguration programme will also be telecast by Doordarshan, it is informed.
The entourage then reached Pakyong Airport where the Secretary gave directions to the officials of Pakyong Airport regarding the immediate repair of link road from St. Xavier’s School to the Airport, the complete cleaning and illumination of the airport and signages, landing base for at least five helicopters, decorations, the inauguration plaque and its placement, VVIP list and other intricate details.
Other officers present during the visit were Tourism Secretary, CP Dhakal, District Collector, East, Superintendent of Police, East, SP, Security, Additional District Collector [Development], Pakyong, Sub Divisional Magistrate,Pakyong, officers and engineers from Building and Housing Department and officers of AAI andDoordarshan.