22 percent Compensation has been dispatched to land owners for their acquitted land for expanding the infrastructure of Biratnagar Airport. The airport is being upgraded to international level and the budget of Rs 1.35 billion has been sanctioned with the long term planning.
According to Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), remaining compensation will be distributed in current fiscal year. As per plan to upgrade the airport to international standard and for flight safety, the lands were acquitted and the compensation process is going on. Stakeholders believe that the airport project will be completed in given time.
The authority has planned to extend the 1500 meter runway of Biratnagar Airport to at least 2500 meters and the land acquisition has also begun for the expansion of the runway along with compensation process. Under the cost of Rs.30 million, the remodeling work of the terminal building has also commenced.
Meeting of council of ministers at Province number 1 has decided to extend the Biratnagar Airport at the international level with the help of the Federal government.
Director General of CAAN Sanjeev Gautam said that they are planning to increase the airport area from 78 hectare to 150 hectare. He also said that there are big houses in eastern area of the airport and small settlement in west for which the CAAN is managing.