Saturday, 8 June 2019

Pokhara International Airport: Runway, taxiway expected to be ready

Posted by Anup Baral | June 07, 2019 :
The international airport project in Pokhara has achieved physical progress of 22 percent in the last one and a half years, and the runway and taxiway are expected to be ready by mid-April. The facility will serve as the aerial gateway to the Annapurna region, one of Nepal’s major trekking destinations.

Pokhara International Airport will have a 2,500-metre-long and 45-metre-wide runway, able to handle medium-range commercial aircraft such as the Airbus A320, Boeing 737 and Boeing 757. The airport will have 1,200-metre-long and 23-metre-wide taxiway connecting the runway with parking bays, hangars and terminals.

The project aims to achieve 35 percent physical progress this fiscal year ending mid-July. As per the work plan, 60 percent of the airport will be completed by 2019 and the rest by 2020. The contractor is required to hand over the
project to the government on July 10, 2021.

Project chief Binesh Munankarmi said that work was proceeding ahead of schedule. “Work has been expedited to complete the project six months before the deadline.” He said that the contractor had been paid Rs3 billion so far.

China CAMC Engineering won the construction contract for the project in May 2014. The government signed a $215.96 million soft loan agreement with China EXIM Bank in March 2016 to finance the construction of the airport in the lake city. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli laid the foundation stone for the airport on April 13, 2016.

Guide of the month: January 2018

Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.

Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.

Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.