The Gautam Buddha International Airport under construction is set to become Nepal’s first aerobridge airport. Yansetu, or aerobridge, is a type of mechanical sky bridge designed to enter the ship directly from the departure hall of the terminal building. According to the airport project chief entry officer, the new terminal building of the airport is designed to have six bridges. The design work is being done by an Indian consultant.
After the government has allocated sufficient budget for the new terminal building in the budget of the Fiscal Year 2078/79, the preparation of invitation for bids for the second terminal building has been taken forward. The government has allocated Rs 3.54 billion for Gautam Buddha Airport in the budget. Bids will be invited soon as sufficient budget has been allocated for the airport, said the chief entry officer of the airport project. A new terminal building will be constructed on the west side of the existing terminal building.
The designs prepared by the Indian consultants are being studied and will be approved soon and the tender process will move forward, said Rajan Pokharel, Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority. The government is thinking of constructing the second terminal building in a way that reflects Buddhist art and culture, said Pokharel. The terminal building with bridge facility is probably the first of its kind in Nepal, said the project chief.
According to the airport project, the second terminal building will be constructed between Ghanghara Khola and the existing terminal building. After the construction of the second terminal building, the existing terminal building will be converted into an internal terminal building.
Now the construction of the airport has reached the final stage. The physical progress of the airport has been completed 96.5 percent. The project chief said that the work was delayed due to the delay in the arrival of technical manpower due to the Kovid crisis. “If the situation improves now, the construction of the airport will be completed within two months,” he said.
The duration of this project of national pride has been extended six times so far. The last extension is until June 30. The period ending in December has been extended for six months. Now all that is left is the work of light connection, furniture, false ceiling, finishing and some equipment connection. Even now, hundreds of Nepali, Indian and Chinese workers are working at the project site. The official said that the work was delayed due to non-arrival of technical manpower from Austria, USA and other countries.
Now, there is talk of bringing a special plane from Thailand for a test flight, the official said. The official also said that the enthusiasm for work has increased after the budget for the project has been secured. The Civil Aviation Authority has stated that the project, which is being constructed with the concessional loan assistance of the Asian Development Bank, will cost Rs 7.32 billion in both phases. This is the news in Gorkhapatra daily.