The Gautam Buddha Airport located in Bhairahawa will be the second international airport in the country to relief pressure currently sustained by the congested Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).
But the pace of construction at the airport was earlier hit by back to back delays. Chinese Construction company Northwest; successor of the airport project were awarded the contract to complete the project by end of 2017 however, circumstances like the earthquake and economic blockade pushed the deadline to 2019. “All the difficult construction and other odd works now have been accomplished which shows the completion of project towards positive direction.” stated Sharma.
The construction works like administrative building, electric sub-stations, Security Building have been completed. As well as, the work of the first floor of the International Terminal Building is almost about to complete and the slope of the first floor of the International Terminal Building is expected to complete within a month.
The construction work on the runway has also taken a pace and almost 35 % of the construction work i.e, two feet thick brewery work and soil filing has been completed. Currently, the layering of Sub-base on the 3KM long runway has been started. Only the construction work on the base and tarmac on the runway is left. Similarly, the work of the first floor of fire control room and on the eight floor high airport control tower is going on rapidly, and all the work of all these physical structures will be completed more than 50 % by the upcoming Baishākh, stated Project Chief.
The under construction runway will have a height of 1.25 meters, length of 3000 meters and width of 70 meters. 15 meters from each corner of width section will be left out. The 3000 meters long runway will feature 300 meters of clearway and stopway each end for the safe flight operation for which necessary work is going on.