Exhibition Hall to be built on Civil Aviation Academy Land

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-KATHMANDU

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) is in a process to build an exhibition hall in the land of Civil Aviation Academy of Nepal, Bhaktapur.

According to the Source, the government of Nepal is preparing to build an exhibition hall in Bhaktapur after the meeting of Cabinet held on October 14 approved to transfer ownership of 189 ropanis of land belonging to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) to the Ministry of Urban Development for the purpose. The land is owned by CAAN currently and is used for its Civil Aviation Training Academy.

Secretary for the Ministry of Urban, Mr. Ramesh P. Singh stated that “We have received a letter from the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCM) regarding the decision to transfer CAAN’s land in Bhaktapur to MoUD to build an exhibition hall.” The letter was received by the Ministry on Monday and already appointed an officer to fulfill all the legal procedures for the transfer of the land, said Singh.

The Ministry has proposed to build a 5,000-seat capacity exhibition hall on the land. “We are in the initial phase of planning and the consultation work to build the exhibition hall will be assigned to an eligible company within a month,” Singh added. “The exact cost of the project will be ascertained after the detailed project report (DPR) is completed.”

The ministry has planned to complete the DPR and design works and award the tender to construct the exhibition hall within the next four months. Singh also informed that the ministry plans to start construction by next fiscal year and complete the works by the middle of 2020.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Finance has pledged to provide a fund of Rs 500 million to build the exhibition hall. The Finance Ministry has also stated that the said amount will be transferred to MoUD in one single tranche and the amount will be deducted in installments from the annual budget that MoUD is allocated over the years.

Earlier, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) and MoUD had held discussions several times regarding the use of the concerned land. CAAN had previously proposed to use 110 ropanis of the land for its own purpose and transfer the remaining land to MoUD.

Meanwhile, as per MoCTCA, it has yet to receive a letter from the OPMCM regarding the decision to transfer the land to MoUD. “We have not received any letter yet and are officially unaware about the decision,” said Ghanashyam Upadhyaya, spokesperson for MoCTCA.

On July 25 the government had decided to construct a temporary structure on the land and rent it out for the ‘Zee Cine Awards’ that was scheduled for December 8. However, the plan has been canceled by the MoUD now.

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