Rs.76 crore allocated for Sikkim greenfield airport

New Delhi, Aug 6 (IANS) The government has allocated Rs.76 crore since 2013 for the development of a boundary wall of a greenfield airport at Pakyong in Sikkim, DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh said on Thursday.

In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, the minister for Development of the North Eastern Region (DoNER) said Rs.32 crore was sanctioned for the project in 2013-14, Rs.22 crore in 2014-15, and Rs.22 crore in 2015-16.

Pakyong town is located on the foothills of East Sikkim district. As of now, Sikkim is served by the Bagdogra airport in Darjeeling district of West Bengal.

This apart, the civil aviation ministry has also undertaken the construction of three hangars for A-321 aircraft at the Guwahati airport in Assam, the minister said.

Work has also been undertaken for expansion of the apron at Jorhat airport in Assam, upgrade of Tezu airport in Arunachal Pradesh, and expansion of apron with link taxiway to accommodate three A-321 and three ATR-72 aircraft at Imphal airport in Manipur.

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