Construction of Gautam Buddha International Airport resumes after release of Budget
15th May, 2019 | Tourism Mail Crew
KATHMANDU, May 15: As the government decides to release the budget of 700 million for the construction work of the Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA), the work which was halted since Sunday have resumed.
The project’s contractor Northwest Civil Aviation Airport Construction Co had halted construction work due to the failure of the government to release the payment on time. However, Project Manager of Gautam Buddha International Airport informed that the Chinese contractor has resumed works following the government’s decision made to release funds. “The construction work was halted as the project lacked budget for necessary procurements and payment to staffers. As the Ministry of Finance (MoF) has now released the budget, the construction work will go on in full swing,” informed Adhikari.
The wages to almost 300 workers f the project was not issued since last month. Moreover, lack of budget with the project had also affected the purchase of construction materials, thereby halting the overall project construction. The construction cost of GBIA is estimated to be around Rs six billion.
As per Adhikari, other major works have already been completed and currently the contractors are working on blacktopping the runway. Once the infrastructural work is completed, CAAN plans to begin the second phase of the project, which involves installing necessary equipment.