Pokhara Regional International Airport project accelerates

According to the source, in order to strengthen the construction work of Pokhara Regional International Airport, more than 40 Tippers, Rollers, Excavators and other equipment have been imported.

More than 20 equipment have already reached Pokhara due to which the pace of the work has increased. The remaining 20 construction materials will be brought to Pokhara shortly.

Earlier, 45 tippers, Rollers, Excavators, Dozers and other construction materials were being used. Moreover, 35 additional manpower has also been deployed at the site.

Mr. Vinesh Munankarmi, Chief of the Pokhara Regional International Airport stated, “Although the work has been started for 7 months, earthwork was started for 4 months, and 35 percent of the annual target has been completed.”

At present, 50 Chinese and 50 Nepalese technician and 135 laborers are assigned to the construction work. Participation and cooperation of local government and local people has given more intensity at the work.

The government had given contract of construction project to the Chinese company CAMC Engineering on 12 of May, 2014. As per the agreement, the CAMCE has taken a contract to construct the airport in the EPC model and the company has to pay compensation if the work is not completed during the specified time.

The construction project of the international airport was started with loan assistance of 22 billion from Exim Bank of China and is projected to complete within 10th July 2021. The project will also receive some grant from Chinese side.

Construction of Pokhara International Airport (at Chinnedanda-3 km to the east of Pokhara’s present domestic airport) was inaugurated with placing foundation stone by then Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli on April 13, 2016.

The airport is being constructed in 3700 ropani land of Sabhik Chinadhanda. After the completion of the construction of Pokhara Airport, Boeing 757 and Airbus 320 or relevant type of aircraft can operate under the standard guidelines of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) .

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