Construction of the Arghakhanchi Airport also known as Arghabhagwati Airport has started as the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Aerodrome Engineering Department signed the agreement to cut off trees for the airport project.
CAAN Aerodrome Engineering Department appointed and signed agreement with Bhusal Construction and Suppliers Pvt. Ltd to isolate the area by cutting off the trees for the airport.
The airport’s foundation stone was laid by the then Deputy PM as well as Energy minister Top Bahadur and the airport is renamed after the esteemed temple of Bhagwati.
At present, people can reach Arghakhanchi district directly via bus drive from Kathmandu whereas they can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara or Bhairahawa airport and then reach the district by bus drive. It nearly takes 4 hours’ drive from Pokhara while it takes 3 hours from Bhairahawa to reach the Arghakhanchi district.
So, the introduction of airport at the district will be beneficial and comfortable for the locals as well as it is expected to promote the tourism industry.
The airport is estimated to be constructed within 4 years at an estimated cost of 800 million rupees. Besides, CAAN is also preparing to initiate other airport projects around the country at Kalikot, Gulmi, Khiji Phalate (Okhaldhunga), Ilam (Sunsari) and Dharan.