Minister of culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Adhikari stated that the operational responsibility of Gautam Buddha International Airport will be given to the private sector in-order to make it competitive and effective.
Minister Adhikari informed that he had directed to proceed the work to bring the international airport into operation within a year and has been monitoring the construction work in 15-15 days. He also said that the discussion is going on about the air route, as soon as the construction work completed, the air route will be decided. “The construction work will be started from the old Terminal building and Gautam Buddha International Airport will be alternative airport of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).
Minister Adhikari said that the government will add necessary equipment to speed up the construction work if needed and the work has continued to be satisfactory.
He also inspected the construction site on Chaitra 24. On that occasion, Chief engineer Om Sharma informed that around 40 per cent physical advancement, the sub-base of runway has been completed and the work of the base layer was being done. After the rainy season, the blacktopping work will be commenced, the construction work of final floor of international terminal building will be completed within this week whereas the work of Control tower and administrative building is half completed.
According to Chief Engineer Sharma, two hundred labors have been working daily in the airport. About 70 percent of the physical structures of the airport, 40 percent have already completed and 30 percent remaining. The remaining 30 percent work will be completed as per the completion of the physical structure of electrical and mechanical work.