BUTWAL, Nov. 8: The estimated cost for construction of Gautam Buddha International Airport in Bhairahawa is estimated to rise to 35 billion rupees, as per the new study and survey made by the CAAN.
The project which started with the Asian Development Bank’s loan support initially was expected to cost 8.55 billion rupees. Due to the delay in the preliminary work and the process of acquiring the land the cost for the construction is sure to rise.
Though the DPR is expected to include the area to be covered the case has been opposite with the Gautam Buddha International Airport construction. The DPR of the project only have the details about the runway and the terminal building. It even don’t have the plan for the hanger and the parking of the aircrafts.
The Government of Nepal have had awarded the Chinese Company North West Civil Aviation Airport Construction with the project of constructing the airport.
The under construction airport is expected to be the alternative for the existing sole International Airport of Nepal- The Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. After the completion of the Gautam Buddha International Airport it will have the capacity of holding Airbus A 340 and Boeing 777 aircrafts. Along with the government has set the plan to bring in 6 million passengers by the end of 2020.
26 percent work done in just two years
The Chinese Company awarded with the project only has completed the 26 percent of the task in the time period of two years. It has the deadline of March, 2018 to complete the construction of the airport but the pace of work has raised doubt over it.
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