Difficulties arises in operation of Pokhara Regional International Airport

23rd Sep, 2021 | Tourism Mail Crew

POKHARA, Sep 23: Construction of Pokhara Regional International Airport has almost been completed. Project Chief Binesh Munkarmi said that the target is to conduct a test flight in the coming Chaitra. However, there is a problem in bringing the airport of national pride into operation.

The first problem is the landfill site located within 3 kilometers from the airport. There is no initiative to move it and the Pokhara Municipal Corporation has not decided on providing new land for it. However, Jivan Prasad Acharya, Coordinator of the committee formed by the Metropolis and Ward Chairman of Pokhara-16, said that they have already searched for the required land. He said, "The committee has already studied four possible sites for the landfill site and will submit a report with suggestions to the corporation in 3-4 days."

Another problem in the operation of the airport is that the hill at Rithepani in the approach has not been cut yet. It is said that the work has been stopped as the supplementary IEE is not ready yet. Shalikram Parajuli, Information Officer at the Division Forest Office, Kaski, said that there are 600 small and big trees to be cut down. 

According to Munkarmi, 40 meters of Rithepani hill has to be cut for international flights. Similarly, the construction of rainwater harvesting and irrigation canals is another problem. The canal on the east side of the airport, which was taken for irrigation through the airport premises under construction, has repeatedly collapsed.