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State mulling to resume tourism by October: Tourism ACS

Saturday, Jul 04, 2020 14:45 [IST]

Last Update: Saturday, Jul 04, 2020 09:07 [IST]

State mulling to resume tourism by October: Tourism ACS

AJAY THAMI
PAKYONG: The State Tourism department organised a plantation drive at the Pakyong airport premises here on Thursday. Tourism minister B.S. Panth, Rhenock MLA Bishnu Kumar Khatiwara, Tourism ACS K. Jayakumar, Pakyong airport director RamatanuSaha and other officials participated in the drive wherein flowering and ornamental saplings were planted. Around 300 saplings were planted on the occasion.
Speaking to this correspondent, Jayakumar informed that the State government is making the required authorisation for the Navigation Approach Procedure so that the airport can be functional for at least 200 days in a year. “We have also requested the government for relaxation of restricted zone for operation of helicopters service from Bagdogra to Pakyong airport which will be beneficial to passengers for which we are seeking a good operator and negotiation is also going on. In the coming days, Pakyong airport operation will expand and will be very easy for passengers as we are putting our efforts to make Sikkim accessible,” he added.
According to the Tourism additional chief secretary, the State government is making preparations to take decisions regarding allowing tourism activities in the State by October, later this year. “We are also amending Sikkim Registration of Tourist Trade Rules Act andas a licensing authority, we will be providing facilitation and training to all the tour operators, hotels, restaurants, for maintaining quality services as responsible tourism and maintain protocols to ensure compliance with the tourism policy of the State. We are also focusing on high-end tourism and plan to introduce farm-based tourism forthe tourists coming to Sikkim.There are lots of prospects and Sikkim depends on tourism and we want to expand the tourism business,” he shared.
Asked on the operationalization of the Pakyong airport, Jayakumar maintained that the State Tourism minister has already apprised Union Civil Aviation ministry and the sole flight operator Spicejet. “We are already negotiating for all works to be done and we hope the flight may resume in coming October,” he added.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi