Lumbini (Rupandehi),27 Jan 2015:Â Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Deepak Chandra Amatya on Tuesday inspected the under-construction Gautam Buddha International Airport.
The Minister inspected the Ghagra Stream diversion and the administrative building construction works being undertaken in the first phase.
Talking to RSS after the inspection, he said the construction works would be completed within the stipulated time as they were being carried out in a speedy manner.
He said the government would provide all the materials required for the airport construction in an easy manner and that no stone would be left unturned for maintaining the standard of the construction works.
The construction works of the Gautam Buddha International Airport has been expedited. Prime Minister Sushil Koirala had laid the foundation stone of the airport with the declaration that it would be completed within three years.
The Northwest Civil Aviation Corporation Group of China which has been given responsibility of constructing the airport has started the works on the diversion of the Ghagra Stream in the first phase. The earth works for the diversion of the two and half kilometers long, 35 metres wide and six metres deep stream will be completed within 35 days and the stream would be diverted within two months, it is learnt.
A seven-metre track is being constructed on both sides of the stream. One of the roads would be for use by the general public whereas the other would be used for the airport internal purpose, according to the Narayan Karki of the airport construction project.
Apart from these two projects in the first phase, the construction of other infrastructure like the 3,000 metres runway, the taxiway, the international terminal building, tower, administrative building, the internal and external surrounding roads, the air cargo building, the security post building and the airport tracks would be started soon.
The airport is slated to complete in December 2017. The existing Bhairahawa Airport would be upgraded to the level of the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. The airport upgrading cost is Rs 6.2251 billion. The airport will have the capacity to handle 760,000 passengers.