Construction of Gautam Buddha International Airport in Bhairahawa which was decelerated after earthquake of 2015 and blockade from India has now paced up.
According to latest information from the airport project report, 37% work has completed by the end of April which was 33% two months back. The work was paced up after local contractor who supply construction material was changed said Chief of the project Om Sharma.
Old contractor North West Infra Pvt. Ltd. was disrupting the work for almost 1 year after blockade with various excuses. As per the result of not supplying the materials and halting the project, the main financier of project Asian Development Bank (ADB) had pressurized to remove the contract from them. After shifting the local contract to Swasam Construction which has been providing materials for construction of runway and terminal building like pebbles, stones soil etc. according to requirement, the main contractor of the project has also been adding worker as per need that has helped to increase the pace of construction, said Mr Sharma and added that honest work from local contractor has increased the confidence of work to be paced up even more.
Sunil Jung Rayamajhi, president of Swasam construction said that they would bring materials more than targeted to the project area if necessary as they are having no difficulty in bringing the materials as the project head have been coordinating with various government bodies.
Officials of the project believe that operation from the airport can be commenced within 2019 AD if the work proceeds at current speed. Currently work of runway, terminal building, ATC tower, administrative building, and communication system is being carried out. There are different types of layers before blacktopping the runway and among that Sub-grade and Sub-base layer are completed and base-course layer is being added now which is aimed to be completed by Asar.