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Sikkim’s first airport to be operational by next year: Union Minister Dr Mahesh Sharma

The first airport of Sikkim is expected to be operational from December 2016, which will provide a direct connectivity to the land-locked state and also help boost tourism. “Preparations are afoot and we are hopeful that the state will have its first airport operational from December 2016,” said Dr Mahesh Sharma, Tourism Minister at the fourth International Tourism Mart in Gangtok. Pawan Chamling, Chief Minister, Sikkim said, “The airport will come up at Pakyong which is 35 km from Gangtok. Currently the nearest airport is Bagdogra in Bengal and one has to drive down to Sikkim from Bagdogra. Besides, the state is also going to be declared as an ‘organic state’, first in the country, by next year.” There will be no use of pesticide or chemical fertilizer in the farming, and crop and vegetables will be grown with organic manure. He further adds, “There will be no use of biodegradable materials in the state as part of the organic drive. Yoga will be a part of the school curriculum. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to declare Sikkim as organic state.”