Bhairahawa, April 12 The construction work of Gautam Buddha International Airport has moved ahead as riverine materials have become readily available. The Chief Admission Officer of the Airport Expansion Project informed that the rest of the construction work has been started due to the lack of riverine materials.
He said that the construction has started after the Butwal Sub-Metropolitan Municipality provided riverine products. The rest of the construction work of the airport has moved ahead after the sub-metropolitan government provided riverine materials, sand and ballast from the Tinau River for the project.
The construction company has given continuity to the work in coordination with the local administration for the construction of the airport.
The construction of the airport, which has been delayed for some time due to the blockade, is being constructed with the help of riverine material sand and ballast. “Another 50,000 cubic meters of riverine material is needed for the airport. Now we are taking initiative to bring in other local municipalities as well,” he said.
The airport construction company, which has completed 90 percent of the work including runway, international terminal building, taxiway, CCTV, rescue and fire fighting, control tower, technical equipment connection and administrative building, had a deadline of March 31, 2020.
The construction company has stated that the construction will be postponed for some time as the technical equipment to be brought from China has been stopped even though the Nepali and Chinese workers have started the construction in the internal quarantine. Runway light fixtures and baggage handling system conveyor belts are the main equipment to come. Other devices have arrived 95 percent.
Even if Nepali technicians can connect equipment like light fixtures, technicians have to come from abroad to connect conveyor belts. “The problem now is to bring in the rest of the workers and equipment that have been stopped abroad and the rest of the equipment. For that, international flights and land routes or sea routes need to be open, ”said the project chief.
The Chinese company North West Civil Aviation had won the contract for the construction of the airport on December 31, 2014 through a global tender worth Rs 6.22 billion.
The initial agreement was to complete the construction by December 2017. The construction company has extended the deadline four times earlier citing Madhes movement, blockade and internal reasons. The airport being constructed with the loan assistance of the Asian Development Bank will be bigger than the Tribhuvan International Airport. It is being constructed in an area of 787 bighas.