Pakyong Airport affected protest against its inauguration

Gangtok, 18 Sept:

Affected citizens of Pakyong Greenfield Airport today held a press conference in the capital slamming the opening of the airport on 23 Sept when the final hearing of the writ petition is due on 24 Sept.

Advocate of the affected citizens, OP Bhandari, stated that the matter is subjudice and that the State agencies should not have hurried to open the airport when the affected citizens were still contesting for their rights.

The affected citizens have demanded that they get full benefits under the Land Acquisition Act 2013.

Further, they have expressed dissatisfaction over the State introducing legislation with regards to the Pakyong Airport and stated that the legislation is not according to the Land Acquisition Act and added that it is just for compensation and not settlement.

They also informed of sending a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cancel this opening until all affected get justice.

It was further informed that they had a meeting on 17 Sept with Governor Ganga Prasad wherein the Governor has assured them of taking required action.

When asked about the future course of action if the slated opening of the airport takes place, they informed that they will write a letter to the Supreme Court of India after 23 Sept.

They have also expressed hope that PM Modi will address their concerns when he delivers his speech at Pakyong.

One affected citizen, KP Bhutia, said that justice is still awaited and they will be ready to protest and oppose the opening of the airport.

He also alleged that the airport is opening “just to show that we don’t want our land”.

Stating that the inauguration of the airport will be a contempt of court, they further alleged that the Airports Authority of India wants more than 60 acres of land to stabilize the airport which proves that the airport is not yet stable.

The affected citizens further alleged that their lands are neither acquired nor requisitioned but just illegally occupied violating their fundamental rights.