Lockdown becomes excuse to pushback slow-moving national projects

18th May, 2020 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, May 18: The government's target was to complete the project of national pride in the current Fiscal Year 2076/77. However, this goal of the government has been blocked. The Gautam Buddha International Airport was announced to be completed this year in the budget of the current fiscal year.

These projects, which are seen as 'game changer' projects in the country, have reached the final stage and have been pushed back. Due to the lockdown, these projects have now reached the final stage and become uncertain. However, project officials are still claiming that the work will be completed on time.

Conditions caused by the corona infection after March have made it difficult to work on these projects. However, lockdown have become an excuse to push back the work of these slow-moving projects. Even before the increased risk of corona infection, these projects were not being completed on time. Now that the situation has become uneasy due to Corona virus, it is being taken as a factor.

The construction of Gautam Buddha International Airport in Bhairahawa has also been postponed due to corona virus. Even before the Corona pandemic, the project was not on track to be completed on time. About 90 percent of the work of the airport has been completed so far. The airport has not been ready this year due to a lack of skilled technical manpower and equipment to connect to the airport as the Corona virus infection has increased.

. According to Raj Kumar Chhetri, Deputy Director General and Spokesperson of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, the work of the airport has been affected due to lack of manpower and equipment. "Chinese skilled manpower could not come to Nepal due to the corona virus," said Chhetri. The project was last extended till March. Now it is preparing to extend the term for the fifth time. How long the construction of the airport will last will depend on the effect of the corona, Chhetri said. "Everything can be done within 3-4 months of opening this lockdown," he says.

The cost of this project has also increased as the construction period has been extended. The initial estimate of the cost is Rs. 8.55 billion, but the cost is expected to increase to Rs. 11 billion in the first phase.