The government has called for tenders to begin the process of building an international airport in Bhairahawa by upgrading the existing Gautam Buddha Airport on Tuesday.
Bids are to be submitted by January 11, 2014. Then eligible contractor company will be selected by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) officials and work is scheduled to begin by May 2014.
“The work will begin after the selection is complete. Civil construction will begin first,” said Project Chief Murari Bhandari.
The government will call for another tender for technical equipment.
The first phase of the project will build 3,000 metre runway, taxi stand, internal terminal building, tower, administrative building, international and external periphery road, air cargo building, security post building, airport road and river diversion at the site. The target is to complete the first phase by June 2, 2017.
The president of Siddarthanagar Chamber, Bishnu Prasad Sharma, chairman of Nepal National Industry and Trade Organization Rupandehi, Manish Kumar Joshi and local entrepreneurs have the move. CA member from the constituency, Deepak Bohora, has said that the airport will contribute in overall economic development Bhairahawa and of Lumbini zone as a whole.