Construction companies for TIA enhancement project to be finalized soon

Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) is in the final stage of nominating construction companies for Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Air Transport Capacity Enhancement Project (ATCEP). The spokesperson for CAAN Mr. Birendra Prasad Shrestha said, “The letter of intent (LOI) has already been dispatched few days ago. If no any controversy arises in the period of seven days from the issue date of LOI then we will finalize the companies.”

The selected companies will be given minimum of one month for the necessary preparations to initiate the enhancement project.

Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) received bids from different construction companies for Tribhuvan International ATCEP. Under the notice NCB-01, CAAN received bid from four companies from which one company will be selected who will particularly work for TIA runway extension project. The four companies are China Railway, Kalika Tundi Joint Venture, Shanxi Construction Engineering and Stratag International.

Likewise under the notice NCB-02, CAAN received joint bid from three companies namely Contech Lumbini Joint Venture, Sharma Prera and Ashish Joint Venture who will work for the terminal enhancement project.

Whereas, the Notice NCB-03 which particularly was seeking companies for TIA’s utility enhancement project could not receive any bids before but now has received bids from some companies whose technical evaluation is going on.

Recently, Nepal Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) also conducted a one day seminar on Aviation Safety challenges and TIA Capacity & Congestion which especially highlighted safety awareness, security, infrastructure enhancement and traffic congestion. Nepal being a part of Asia-Pacific region is quiet slow paced at aviation sector due to different circumstances like air traffic congestion, lack of standard international airports, poor facilities, geographical complexity and ineffective safety practices. Aviation safety, security, capacity and emissions are always a challenge for aviation industry of Nepal. So, TIA being one and only international airport of the country is desperately requiring the capacity enhancement project to handle the increasing flight movements.

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