Test flight at Ilam Airport halted due to incomplete construction

Five years have been passed since the construction of airport in Illam commenced but has not yet completed.

Local people have to suffer a lot due to delay in the construction work of Falgunanda airport located at Sukilumba of Illam Municipality-9. The cost of Rs 8.16 crore was deployed for the control of flood and soil erosion control last year.

According to Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), the government has allocated Rs. 10 crores for the current financial year. However, the drainage management work is incomplete. Dozens of families living below the airport are in risk of flood.

Previously, the airport authorities said that the test flight would be carried out by Chaitra month however, it couldn’t happen as expected due to delay in completion of the construction.

The runway become worst due to rainfall and intensive soil filing has been required on the airport. The airport features 700 m long and 60 m wide runway.

Land acquisition work was done in the initiative of the local body and residents for the construction of the airport as the airport will spread over in three hundred 26 ropani areas.

The airport will serve the locals of the far eastern mountainous region along with the travelers to the hilly districts of Eastern Nepal and the tourist destinations of Darjeeling and Sikkim in India.

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