Construction of Gautam Buddha Airport delayed by one year

9th Mar, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Mar 09: The deadline for the construction of Gautam Buddha International Airport in Bhairahawa has been extended by a year. The contractor company had already gotten a 6 month extension earlier.

The construction of the airport has only been 30% completed. The deadline for the completion was extended as barely 35% of the work was estimated for completion until June, while the expected rate of completion for the month was 90%. The Chinese contractor company North West Civil Aviation was granted a one year extension to the project deadline after a meeting between the Mnistry of Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation and the Asian Development Bank, which had provided the loan for the project.

Chief of the Project Division of the Ministry, Dandu Raj Ghimire, said that the extension was granted as appointing a different company to the project would take a longer time, and thus provided no other alternative. The deadline extension has been allowed with a number of conditions. "We will allow the extension with the added responsibility to start operation of the airport from 2019, but no decision has been made," said Ghimire.