Plans developed for operation of Balewa Airport after 26 years

28th Feb, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

BAGLUNG, Feb 28: After 26 years of closure, Balewa Airport located in the Baglung Municipality-14 is going to be operated again. The airport is being planned to start operation in mid-April, so the technical and administrative work has been intensified.

The work is being done according to the suggestion of the technical study of the Civil Aviation Authority. A technical team with required materials and necessary device connection is being sent to Baglung on Monday. Janak Raj Poudel, head of Baglung Municipality said the final agreement will be held by next week to operate the airport.

Earlier, there was consent to start a regular flight on April between CAAN and Aircraft and Baglung Municipality. After the agreement, CAAN had started preparations for the operation of the airport. Technical team with CAAN manager Induraj Adhikari, Engineer Tarakant Shah and Minraj Ojha, are conducting a technical study on the airport.

According to the suggestions given by the technical team, Poudel said that the repair of the infrastructure have reached the last phase. "We are making the final agreement for conducting the airport," said Poudel. "To facilitate the flight, trees are being removed from the southeast. Similarly, the systematic wiring and security arrangements are also being done."

Authorities have taken responsibility for the repair, equipment and employee management of the airport. The municipal works are being carried out and construction of other infrastructure including repair and upgrade of the road reaching the airport.

The Balwewa Airport will be considered important for tourism and development of Dhaulagiri region as well.