A portion of the runway at Pakyong Airport in Sikkim that is still under construction, as seen on Thursday (refer to the date of the newspaper)
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Is Sikkim’s new Pakyong Airport really ready for inauguration?

Expectation vs reality: The breathtaking pictures that EastMojo shared on Tuesday, courtesy the AAI, were digitally altered, as a latest visit to the site reveals

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.

A portion of the runway at Pakyong Airport in Sikkim that is still under construction, as seen on Thursday (refer to the date of the newspaper)
A portion of the runway at Pakyong Airport in Sikkim that is still under construction, as seen on Thursday (refer to the date of the newspaper)
EastMojo image

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?

Another stretch of the runway at Pakyong Airport, as seen on Thursday (please note the date on the newspaper) 
Another stretch of the runway at Pakyong Airport, as seen on Thursday (please note the date on the newspaper) 
EastMojo image