TIA Air Transport Capacity Enhancement Project (ATCEP) nearing initiation

Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) received bids from different construction companies for Tribhuvan International Airport Air Transport Capacity Enhancement Project (ATCEP). The spokesperson of CAAN Birendra Prasad Shrestha said, “The bidder companies have already passed the technical aspects and we are conducting financial analysis today.” After completion of financial analysis, the evaluation team will carry out the selection procedure, he added.

Under the notice NCB-01, CAAN received bid from four companies from which one company will be selected who will particularly work for TIA runway extension project. The four companies are China Railway, Kalika Tundi Joint Venture, Shanxi Construction Engineering and Stratag International.

Likewise under the notice NCB-02, CAAN received joint bid from three companies namely Contech Lumbini Joint Venture, Sharma Prera and Ashish Joint Venture who will work for the terminal enhancement project.

Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) published a request for expression of interest (EOI) on 10 May, 2017 for consulting services to enhance safety and capacity at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). The deadline was set 9th June but was later extended to 23rd June.

Asian Development Bank (ADB) provided Loan and Grant to the Government of Nepal for the Air Transport Capacity Enhancement Project which is specially planned to improve standard of TIA.

Under the ATCEP, TIA will be seeing some improvements with the Enhancement Project such as reconfiguration and upgrading of airfield infrastructures, construction of parallel and link taxiways, new international apron, 300 meters of runway extension, construction of runway end safety area and an uninterrupted power supply system for essential airfield and security area lights. Moreover, the international terminal building will also be expanded and reconfigured with improvement in utility facilities.

Currently the country’s only international airport TIA is encountering different circumstances such as increasing air traffic, unfavorable weather conditions, lack of proper management and facilities, unmanaged infrastructures and many more. TIA is also facing the problem of insufficient parking space due to the fact that the domestic airlines are expanding their fleet capacity in a rapid pace. Parking space for fixed wing aircraft will not be sufficient now on. So, the enhancement project is desperately required for TIA.

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