March 26, Kaski: The construction work of the Regional International Airport under construction in Pokhara has reached the final stage.
The Pokhara Regional International Airport Project has stated that 93 percent of the work of the airport being constructed with the concessional loan of Rs 22 billion from Exim Bank of China has been completed so far.
The Chinese construction company CAMCE will hand it over after the main construction work and mechanical connection of the airport.
On the occasion of Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to Nepal, the infrastructure of Pokhara International Airport will be handed over to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) on Saturday, said Airport Project Chief Vinesh Munankarmi.
According to him, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will hand over the “symbolic key” to Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers on Saturday evening. At the same time, Minister for Tourism Prem Bahadur Ale will present a letter of appreciation to the Chinese construction company at the Pokhara project site.
The airport is being handed over as the main construction work and mechanical connection work have been completed. The main works of the airport including runway, terminal building, air traffic control (ATC) building, 14 different buildings, and taxiways have been completed.
Sabin Phuyal, a senior officer of the airport project, said that all the main works of the airport have been completed and only some general works are left. The government plans to bring the airport into operation within this year.
He said, ‘Runway, terminal building, mechanical equipment connection, lighting, and other major works have been completed. All that remains is fencing, passenger body builds, and some general drainage work. It doesn’t take much time now. Although the main work of the project has been completed as per the agreement with the construction company, there is still work to be done for the operation of the airport. According to the project, the management of the landfill site, cutting of Rithepani hill on the east side of the airport, and the work of the fuel station have not started yet. The paperwork for the rest of the work is yet to be approved even if it goes ahead.