NEW DELHI, July 3: The Airports Authority of India and the State of Sikkim on Friday signed a MoU, in the presence of the officials of DoNER, Civil Aviation and the Niti Ayog for recommencement of work at Pakyong airport on Friday.
The construction of the project was on hold since January last as local residents in the vicinity of upcoming airport were agitating over the issue of compensation to be paid for the houses affected because of the earth filling works, stated a press release.
The State Government has now committed to shift the houses by August 15, and help AAI commence the work, the release added.
The construction at the project is now schedule to commence from October 1, and the facility shall be operatiolized by September 2017, the release said.
At present 75% of the development work has already been accomplished and the balance 25% work is to be completed in the next two working seasons
Pakyong is the only airport in Sikkim which otherwise has poor connectivity being, a hilly terrain prone to land-slides during monsoon season causing difficulty in commuting to other parts of the country, the release said.