February 23: The construction of Bhairahawa-based Gautam Budhha International Airport has reached the final phase.
According to the project officials, the physical infrastructure of the airport has been almost completed and the airport is likely to come into operation within the next three months. The project so far has reported around 95 percent progress.
Fixing of technical equipment has been delayed as technicians need to arrive from abroad. According to Project Chief Prabesh Adhikari, import of equipment has been almost completed.
''It will not take more than three months to fix equipment as two tech experts from the South Korea have been already here and two more from the US will be here within a couple of days,” said Adhikari, adding, ''Similarly, a tech team of around 15 people is to arrive from India and six will be coming from China to handle the fixing which are expected to take place in one to one and half months.”
The Covid-19 crisis hampered the project. According to Adhikari, the airport would have come into operation by now if the project had not been affected by the pandemic.
The project has been listed by the government as a national pride project. The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) had earlier planned to bring it into operation by the beginning of 2021 AD. – RSS