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Sikkim CM Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) meets MoS (Independent Charge) for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri at New Delhi on Thursday. Image credit - Northeast Now

Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) met Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Civil Aviation, Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri at New Delhi on Thursday.

Chief Minister Tamang was accompanied by RMDD Minister Sonam Lama, chief secretary AK Shrivastava and secretary to the Chief Minister, SD Dhakal.

During the meeting, two crucial issues were raised.

The first was concerning the ongoing problem at Pakyong Airport, wherein flights have been stopped for four months by Spicejet supposedly due to visibility issues.

It was also brought to the notice of the Civil Aviation Minister that in addition to providing extra land for lengthening of the runway on approach side, the airport needed instrument landing system and instrument flight rules.

It was decided that no fresh payment would be admissible by the Government of India and that the State Claims Commissioner should call the land owners and listen to their grievances afresh.

Also, the airport director was to be directed to meet the concerned members of public soon.

Recalling his 2018 visit to Sikkim, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri termed it as one of the most amazing places to visit in the world.

Therefore, with a view to immediately improve and strengthen the NH 10, he stated that he had written effectively to the Prime Minister, which was appreciated by the Chief Minister.

Sagar Chhetri

Sagar Chhetri is Northeast Now Correspondent in Gangtok. He can be reached at: sagchhetri@gmail.com

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