PM Modi all set to inaugurate Sikkim's first airport in picturesque Pakyong today

 New Delhi, Sep 24: Keeping up to his promise of connecting the North Eastern part of the country with the rest of India in the most relevant way, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to take a major step. This day certainly will be a historic day in the history of the North Eastern part of the country as PM Modi will inaugurate Pakyong Airport, Sikkim's first-ever airport, on Monday.Located around 60 km from the Indo-China border, the airport is strategically relevant from a security point of view. The Indian Air Force will also find this airport convenient for landing and taking off, Union Minister for Development of Northeastern Region, Dr Jitendra Singh, said on Sunday.The airport is located at Pakyong and is a Greenfield airport which will circumvent the need for a five-hour journey through mountainous roads and bring citizens of Sikkim closer to the state capital.The airport is located around 60 km from the Indo-China border, and is strategically relevant from a security point of view. The Indian Air Force will also find this airport convenient for landing and taking off, Union Minister for Development of Northeastern Region, Dr Jitendra Singh, said on Sunday.ThePakyong  airport is built at an estimated cost of over Rs 605 crore and is a new distinction for Sikkim, which has, in the last three to four years, achieved the distinction of becoming the first Organic State and also the first Open Defecation Free state of India.The establishment of the airport is expected to provide major impetus to tourism, with Sikkim being perceived as one of the most popular destinations for tourists all throughout the year. It is also expected to cause a significant reduction in travel time for tourists, who earlier had to board from Badgodra in West Bengal.