Locals protest over Govt. decision to construct alternative airport at Dang

Local people from Narayanpur, Dang started protesting after the government set up plans to construct an alternative airport in Dang.

Recently, the government included a plan to construct an alternative airport in Dang in the policy and program for the next fiscal year 2075/076.

However, local disputed saying it is not appropriate to construct alternative airport while one airport is already in Tulsipur. The policy of making an alternative airport is not justified in the same area instead of upgrading and enhancing the capacity of Tariguan Airport of Tulsipur to make air service regular.

Local people have also refused to provide land for constructing the new airport.

However, the flight operations at Tarigaun Airport, Dang has been disruptive and inconsistent. The test flight at the airport was done more than 6 decades ago and commercial operation was done by National Flag Carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation.

NAC did flight till 2 decades ago but couldn’t operate consistently due to fuel shortage. By late 90s, NAC, Yeti and Sita airlines conducted a flight per week and continued for 6 years. Then the airport was closed for 4 years for blacktopping project and couple of years back Summit Air (previously Goma Air) with the help of Tulshipur Industries and commerce union operated for 9 months but also halted the operation stating lack of passengers. Summit airlines also had started operation but it has been occasional.

Locals of Dang haven’t been able to utilize the blacktopping of the 700 meter runway at an investment of 100 million rupees and have been agitated after the fact that government hasn’t given priority to the airport in current fiscal year budget to upgrade the airport.

Peoples of Dang have to take air service from Nepalgunj airport now. Summit air initially took 7200 NPR for the flight in coordination with Tulsipur sub-metropolitan but stating the increment in air fuel the airlines had increased the price up to 2680 NPR for one way only thus facing decrements in passenger’s movement.

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