Kathmandu, January 14
After overcoming several hurdles and extending the completion deadline thrice, the Civil Aviation Office of Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA) has said that physical construction of the airport will be completed by March. However, when the most-awaited international airport of the country located in Bhairahawa will begin operations is another story.
According to Prabesh Adhikari, project chief of GBIA, it is not only about completing the construction of physical infrastructure, there are other technical issues like recruitment of human resources and other general requirements of the airport that are also important and need to be addressed by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCT- CA) before the airport can commence operations.
“We have been informed that the ministry is working on making all the necessary arrangements,” he added.
He further said that MoCTCA is responsible for recruitment of human resources, establishing offices and managing facilities for passengers at the airport.
Meanwhile, MoCTCA has also claimed that it has hastened the work to bring the airport into operation as soon as possible.
“We are frequently having discussions with the concerned authorities and we have also directed them to do the needful for smooth operation of international flights at GBIA,” said Suresh Acharya, joint secretary at MoCTCA.
He further mentioned that MoCT- CA has requested the Department of Immigration, Nepal Oil Corporation, security bodies, Department of Customs, Plant Quarantine and Pesticide Management Centre and other concerned authorities to come up with plans for setting up offices and deploying human resources at GBIA.
According to Acharya, only Nepal Police has submitted its proposal at MoCTCA so far. “We hope to receive the plans of other authorities as we