November 23, 2020 | Investopaper
Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has decided to acquire 126.46 bighas of land to upgrade the Biratnagar Airport to international standard. A meeting of the cabinet of the federal government on Karthik 27 had given permission to CAAN to acquire 126.46 bighas of land for the expansion and upgrading of the airport.
Earlier, a tripartite agreement was reached on Ashwin 19 to upgrade the airport to international standard and to build a 3,000-meter long runway. As per the agreement, CAAN will provide 50 percent compensation for the acquisition of Land while the state government and Biratnagar Metropolis will provide 40 percent and 10 percent respectively.
Biratnagar Airport was established in 2025 BS with investment from India. The airport currently has an area of 119 bighas and a runway length of 1,500 meters. Last year, NEA had acquired 4 bighas and 8 katthas of land including 26 houses on the north and south sides of the airport by paying compensation of Rs 69 crores. Currently, the distance between the south and north of the airport is 212 meters. There is a runway in the middle. The land will be acquired at least 150 meters south and 150 meters north from the middle point of the runway.