Deadline of Pokhara Regional International Airport under construction gets extended

8th Jun, 2021 | Tourism Mail Crew

POKHARA, June 08: It has been decided that the Pokhara Regional International Airport under construction will not be completed on time due to the Covid-19 infection. The last date for the construction of Pokhara Airport was July 10, 2021. The airport project has stated that the work will not be completed on time as there’s only a month left.

Chief of the project, Vinesh Munkarmi, said that the time allotted for the construction of the airport would be insufficient as there was only one month left. Therefore, the deadline has to be extended, he said.

"The contractor company has said that the work will be completed by December 2021," said Munkarmi. According to the project official, the contractor company has promised to extend the deadline by one year but it has promised to complete it by December. He said that commercial flights will start from this airport in Pokhara in 2022,  if the situation is not worse than it is now.

‘Even if the airport is completed, it will take a few months to come into operation. Therefore, we aim to start commercial flights in 2022, 'said Munkarmi. According to Munkarmi, the physical construction work of the airport is almost complete and equipment connection is in progress.

The equipment required for the airport should come from the United States, Australia, China and other countries. He said that it was difficult to complete the work on time as some skilled technicians were also foreigners and it was not possible for them to come immediately.

According to project engineer Krishna Prasad Poudel, 78 percent of the work has been completed so far. 15 percent of the work is connected to the equipment. Poudel said that it would not take much time to complete the rest of the work. "Due to the long lockdown, the work has not been completed on time. He said that only the beautification of the airport, sewerage and drainage works are left towards the physical infrastructure.

KP Sharma Oli had laid the foundation stone of the project on April 13, 2016. One and a half years after the foundation stone was laid, the infrastructure of the airport was finally started.