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Pakyong airport: PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Sikkim’s first airport

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Sikkim’s first-ever airport at Pakyong. Prior to this airport, Sikkim was only state in India remaining without functional airport. Pakyong airport is India’s 100th functional airport and one of the country’s five highest airports.

Pakyong airport

The airport is spread over 201 acres and was constructed by Airports Authority of India (AAI). It is located on top of hill about two km above Pakyong village at 4,500 feet above sea level.  It was carved from mountain side using massive geo technical ‘cut and fill’ engineering works.

It is located around 60 km from Indo-China border and around 30km away from Gangtok, capital city of Sikkim. It has 1.75 km long runway. It has capacity to handle 50 in-bound and as many out-bound passengers flights.

Initially, this airport will cater only to domestic flights, but later provide international flight services connecting Sikkim with other countries (especially neighbouring) like Paro (Bhutan), Kathmandu (Nepal) and Dhaka (Bangladesh).

Significance

Operationalization of Pakyong airport will give huge big boost to connectivity and tourism to north-eastern state of Sikkim. It will cut down air travelling time to Sikkim by almost 5 hours because, earlier, nearest airport for connecting Sikkim was at Bagdogra in West Bengal. It will be major booster for Sikkim’s tourism sector, as it will help to improve air connectivity and save travel time for the tourists.  Its location also makes it strategically relevant from the country’s security point of view. Indian Air Force (IAF) can use this airport for landing and taking off of its aircrafts during critical situations.

Month: Categories: States Current Affairs - 2018

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NDMA conducts its first-ever Mock Exercise on Bio-Disasters at Patna airport

The National Disaster Response Authority (NDMA) conducted its first ever mock exercise aimed at enhancing preparedness of Airport Emergency Handlers (AEHs) to respond to CBRN emergencies at airports. CBRN emergencies pertain to threats emanating due to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear material.

Key Facts

The training programme was conducted at Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport in Patna, Bihar in collaboration with Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences (INMAS).  During the training, NDMA jointly with National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) conducted its first-ever full-scale Biological Management Emergency Exercise.

The exercise was based on suspected Ebola outbreak scenario. The mock drills with simulated situations of biological disasters are conducted by NDRF regularly to fine tune response mechanism in case of threats arising out of usage of biological agents.

Stakeholders from several departments, including Airport Management, Health and Medical services, Fire Services, State Disaster Management Authority, Customs, Immigration and Disease Surveillance units participated in the mock exercise.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)

It is statutory body under aegis of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Its provisions are envisaged in Disaster Management Act, 2005. It was established in 2009. Its mandate is to coordinate response to natural or man-made disasters and capacity-building in case of disaster resiliency and crisis response. It is governed by a 9 member board chaired by the Prime Minister of India. At present for its smooth functioning it consists of ten battalions of Central Armed Police Forces, including three each of Border Security force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), and two each of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).

Month: Categories: India Current Affairs 2018

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