Gautam Buddha International airport construction begins


The up gradation of Gautam Buddha Airport in Bhairahawa was formally inaugurated on Thursday with Prime Minister Sushil Koirala establishing the foundation stone for the extend that will change the domestic airport into a regional international airport.

Addressing to the function in the wake of laying the foundation stone of the Gautam Buddha International Airport, Prime Minister Suhils Koirala said sfforts were still in the air to upset the peace process and consequently approached all the Nepalis to unite to take the nation’s advancement forward.

PM Koirala expressed his belief that up gradation of the airport would bring pace alongside peace and soundness in the nation.

The Prime Minister said, “After the project is finished, it will expand the inflow of Buddhist leaders in Nepal and play a crucial part in the country’s tourism development.” He added that billions were being put into the country’s tourism and hydropower areas.

“Now we have to guarantee long lasting peace to quicken the country’s development pace,” he said, adding that bandas and strikes were corrupt as they damage the investment environment.

“Nepal and the Nepalis should now get rid of violence and insecurity; we can’t endure under any condition, the unsettling influence in peace, and the lawfulness circumstance. The time has now come the people to stand up,” he said.

PM Koirala urged the construction company responsible for the airport construction to give careful consideration to keeping up the quality and measures of works in this present age of competition.

PM Koirala said that 3.5 million Nepalis had been compelled to leave the nation to work abroad because of constrained opportunities here. “Some mega projects in tourism and hydropower would stop the outbound transitory pattern,” he added.

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Similarly, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Deepak Chandra Amatya said that the planned international airport in Bhairahawa would serve as an option to Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) which is under strain because of overwhelming activity.

On November 13, 2013, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (Caan) granted the agreement to redesign the air terminal to China’s Northwest Civil Aviation Airport Construction Group. CAAN Director General Ratish Chandra Lal Suman and General Manager of Northwest’s Overseas Department Zhou Zun marked the Rs 6.22 billion common works deal.

The Chinese contractor emerged as the least bidder during a final review of the budgetary archives by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the main financer of the project.


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