February 22, 2021 | Investopaper
Work on the Gautam Buddha International Airport under construction in Bhairahawa has reached its final stage. The construction of physical infrastructure is almost complete and will come into operation within the next three months.
The project has stated that about 95 percent physical progress has been made in the construction of the airport. As technical manpower has to be brought from abroad, the work of connecting technical equipment remains.
The work of connecting the equipment will be completed within one to one and half months as expert technicians have already arrived from South Korea and two more expert technicians are coming from the US within a day or two and about 15 technical manpower will come from India.
When the construction of this airport is completed, it will become the second international airport after Kathmandu. This will ease the pressure of international flights in Kathmandu. The government has given high priority to the construction of the airport.
The construction cost of Gautam Buddha Airport is Rs 6.82 billion. This amount is excluding land acquisition. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has provided 40.5 percent loan and 18 percent grant. The then Prime Minister Sushil Koirala laid the foundation stone of the airport on Magh 1, 2071.