Parliamentary committee member inspect Under-construction airport; urges to construct reflecting Nepali aspect

Parliamentary committee has urged to construct the under-construction airport; Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA) and Pokhara International Airport that reflect Nepali Identity.

The parliamentary committee had made in-site inspection of both the airport and has complained that the design of the under construction national pride project do not reflect Nepali culture and heritage.

Some committee members had made in-site inspection of the airport in early Nepali New Year and had proposed a report and presented in the parliament meeting. The report stated that the under-construction airport didn’t reflect Nepali Aspect and has urged to construct structure reflecting Nepali status.

The committee report also stated that the work of GBIA has been delayed due to disturbance from local level to extract required material from river as per agreement.

The report also suggested sorting out land acquisition probe prevailing at Pokhara International Airport.

Couple of month back, CAAN had stated that the airports which are being constructed for minimizing the air traffic of the only international airport Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) will be completed within scheduled time if the airport construction continues in current speed.

However, last month, two different decisions made by Butwal Sub-Municipality was forseen as the problem for GBIA project.

The construction contract of the airport has been undertaken by Chinese Company CAMC Engineering to complete the work within 2021 July 10. The airport which is being constructed at budget of NRs. 21.6 Billion is rapidly being constructed and is expected to come into operation prior to scheduled time.

The construction of the airport is being done by the Chinese Construction Company Northwest Civil Aviation Airport Construction at around NRs. 6.22 Billion and was expected to be completed by end of 2017 but due to shortages of fuel and building materials and due to the months-long Terai closure in 2015 delayed the works by six months along with dispute between the Chinese contractor and the Nepali sub-contractor, Northwest Infra Nepal, and its operation deadline was revised to June 2018 and now to 2019.

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