Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) lately finalized budget for the fiscal year 2074/75 on 8th Mangsir this year which will aid the continuation of ongoing and new airport and aviation projects around the country. The total budget approved for the new fiscal year is Rs36.18 billion whereas it was Rs30.82 billion for the last year.
The press meet was conducted today at CAAN as a part of interaction program between media personnel and officials. The personnel from various media attended the program and interacted with the officials from CAAN focusing on the reasons of delay for budget approval and its further aspects.
Spokesperson for CAAN Mr. Birendra Prasad Shrestha presented a detailed report of the achievements obtained on fiscal year 73/74 and also highlighted the projects to be accomplished with the new 74/75 budget approval.
The ongoing international airport projects such as Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA), Pokhara Regional International Airport and Second international Airport at Nijgadh will be expedited with the new budget approval. The budget will also be utilized for strengthening surveillance infrastructure at Bhatte Danda, Nepalgunj, Biratnagar and Bhairahawa with introduction of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcasting (ADS-B) as a part of pilot project. The newly installed next generation Mode S Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar (MSSR) will be brought into complete operation from 1st February 2018.
CAAN will also be coordinating with airline operators of Nepal on resolving the European Union (EU) safety concerns and get rid of blacklist.
Likewise, the major projects to be implemented at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) are the runway extension on RWY 02 side, international terminal building expansion and reconfiguration, sewage treatment system and utility works, rehabilitation of Runway/Taxiway, expansion of international apron, parallel taxiway, construction of new heli apron, vertical expansion at international terminal building, construction of remote parking bays, upgradation of communication, navigation and security equipment.
Besides these, CAAN has prepared lots of other projects which is focused on enhancing air services and facilities at every airport around the country.
The budget approval and announcement happened late due to the fact that the CAAN was unable to conduct the board meeting on time. Major enhancement projects at country’s only international airport remained halted due to lack of budget. But now the projects could expedite if CAAN utilizes it effectively without any lags.