November 29: A solar plant will be installed at the Gautam Buddha International Airport, which is currently under construction at Bhairahawa in Rupandehi. The airport project office is preparing to build a solar plant inside the under construction airport premises with the objective of generating required electricity to operate the airport through the plant.
Discussions have already started between the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation and the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation on setting up a solar plant at the airport to supply electricity. In the first phase, a discussion was held between the ministers and other representatives of the two ministries at the Ministry of Energy last Friday, November 27.
Ministers Barshaman Pun and Yogesh Bhattarai, Tourism Secretary Yadav Prasad Koirala, Acting Secretary at the Ministry of Energy Praveen Raj Aryal, Joint Secretary Madhu Prasad Bhetwal, Acting Executive Director of the Electricity Authority Hitendra Dev Shakya and officials of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal attended the meeting to discuss the matter.
The meeting directed the two ministries and the authority to prepare a detailed blueprint for the establishment of the solar plant and submit it to the ministers within a year’s time.
A 10 MW capacity solar plant will be operated on the vacant land of Bhairahawa Airport premises with the assistance of the Asian Development Bank.