Pakyong, Sikkim: Barely three days after EastMojo shared some ‘breathtaking images’ of the newly constructed Pakyong Airport in Sikkim, as provided by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), it has come to light that they were actually digitally altered. On Thursday, when EastMojo visited the site, there were several patches within the airport complex, including the runway, where construction was still going on.
This is at a time when the region’s first greenfield airport is gearing up for its inauguration by PM Narendra Modi on September 23. The first flight connecting Pakyong Airport with Kolkata is scheduled for October 4.
The images clicked on Thursday reveal that a lot of construction work is still pending at one end of the runway, while the alleged ‘doctored’ images provided by the AAI show a slick runway completely ready for operation. The latest scenario now raises a big question whether the PM will actually get to inaugurate Pakyong Airport, complete with a runway, on September 23.
The development comes as a stark contrast to what were depicted in the images shared by the AAI with EastMojo on Monday. Will the authorities concerned please clear the air on this?