July 28, 2020 | Investopaper
The physical construction work of Pokhara Regional International Airport is almost 62 percent complete. Chief of the Pokhara Regional International Airport Project, Vinesh Munkarmi, said that 62 percent of the work of the project under construction, including runway, internal and external terminal building, has been completed so far.
About Rs 12 billion has been spent on the project so far. At present, 244 Chinese and 100 Nepalis are working daily at the airport, but the project is being carried out with the aim of completing it six months ahead of schedule.
There are 14 buildings including terminal, tower, immigration, customs, hangar, cargo, administrative, fire control, quarantine and rescue room. Of the 14 different buildings, most of the them have been decorated, civil work, runway terminal, parking, taxiway and drain, high mast flood light and transformer box connection, have been finished.
There is an agreement with the contractor company to complete the construction of the airport by July 10, 2021 and hand it over to Nepal. But work was being done with a plan to complete it six months before. The airport is being built with a loan of around Rs 22 billion from China’s Exim Bank. The construction of the airport was started on Shrawan 18, 2074. About 75 percent of the loan is from the bank at 2 percent interest and 25 percent is interest free loan from the Chinese government.
According to the EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) model, Airport is being built according to the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization. The government had taken 3,106 ropanis of land for the airport in 2032 BS. Since that is not enough, government has acquired more land from time to time. After that 521 ropanis land was acquired in the first phase of the project, followed by 104 ropanis of land last time.
Medium airplanes carrying 192 to 200 passengers will land and take off at the Pokhara airport. There will be direct flights from Pokhara to Beijing, Azerbaijan, Singapore and Doha.