CAAN preparing for initiation of airport master plan & detail design of Nijgadh Int’l Airport

Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) have allocated fund for the cost of National Pride Project (NPP) and has intended to apply a portion of the fund for with the request for proposals (RFP) has been issued. The proposal is for the preparations of Airport Master Plan and Detail Design of First Phase of Development of Second International Airport (SIA) in Bara district, Nepal.

The RFP has been addressed to the shortlisted consultants whose details have been mentioned in the official website of CAAN. The authority has said that the firm will be selected under Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS) and procedures described in the RFP.

Government has already set up a high level committee under Tourism Minister (MoCTCA) Rabindra Adhikari for smooth and easy construction of Nijgadh Airport in Bara district. Minister also stated that almost 40 investors have shown interest to construct the proposed international airport.

Minister Adhikari reported that the investors’ interest seems to be based primarily on the hope that Nepal is now strong and stable. Now, we cannot delay the project construction. We are almost clear on the airport modality. The government won’t inject fund in developing the airport. We will take on board the private investors, he added.

Government is also preparing to finalize the construction of the proposed second international airport, Nijgadh International Airport in Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. The air security department from Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has suggested that the construction project of airport is only possible in PPP model.

Previously, Ministry of Finance had advised to adopt Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model rather than   Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Finance (EPCF) model for Nijgadh International Airport. Though the construction project was proposed since long time, choosing appropriate model became a confusion.

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