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Nijgadh airport project to publish notice for land

Nijgadh airport project to publish notice for land
KATHMANDU, March 22: The Second International Airport (SIA) Project has completed the task of collecting land details of the project area in Nijgadh of Bara.

It plans to issue public notice for land acquisition by mid-April, according to project official.

Chandra Lal Karna, director of SIA Project, told Republica that they have submitted all details of land to Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) for approval. "We have planned to publish public notice for land acquisition within April 15," Karna said, adding: "We will also initiate land valuation process very soon."

A committee led by Chief District Officer fixes the price of land, according to existing rules.

According to project officials, boundaries of the project area spread over 80 square kilometer or 11,887 bigaha have already been identified and work on installation of Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinated poles in every 50 meter span of the boundary has been completed.

The project site covers 10,296 bigaha of forest land, 808 bigaha of agricultural land. Similarly, 102.59 bigaha is under individual ownership having land registration certificate, while 13 bigaha is public land with land registration certificate. Likewise, 783 bigaha is barren land and 654.32 bigaha has been specified as 'unidentified ownership'.

According to Karna, the process to select consultant for Environment Impact Assessment and Social Impact Assessment is in the last leg. "We will ask the selected firms to submit Request for Proposal soon," he added.

The government has allocated Rs 1 billion to the project for land acquisition. Karna said they have planned to complete land acquisition by the end of this fiscal year.

MoCTCA tables proposal to build SIA in cabinet

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ananda Prasad Pokharel has tabled a proposal to develop Second International Airport (SIA) in Nijgadh of Bara by utilizing international resources in the cabinet.

If endorsed, it will change the project development modality decided eight years ago.

The government, in 2007, had decided to develop the project in Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) modality by inviting private sector, both domestic and foreign, to develop the project.

Minister Pokharel argued that he decided to develop the project utilizing internal resources to make it feasible. "The project is not moving forward because its cost, as estimated by a South Korean consultant, is very high. Because of the huge cost, it comes under Investment Board Nepal," he added.

Cost of the project can be brought down to Rs 121 billion by customizing the design into a single runway airport, according to Pokharel.

"I want to develop the project in Upper Tamakoshi model by mobilizing internal resources," Pokharel said, adding, "We need to move forward immediately. We must have an alternative to Tribhuvan International Airport."

The only international airport in the country was shut for four days in March last year after a Turkish Airlines aircraft skidded off the runway.

Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project, which is estimated to cost, is being developed by mobilizing internal resources. Several entities like Nepal Telecom, Employees Provident Fund and Citizen Investment Trust have invested in the project. More than 75 percent work of the project has already been completed. Many had questioned the development modality of this mega project when it was initiated four years ago.

MoCTCA tables proposal to build SIA in cabinet

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ananda Prasad Pokharel has tabled a proposal to develop Second International Airport (SIA) in Nijgadh of Bara by utilizing international resources in the cabinet.

If endorsed, it will change the project development modality decided eight years ago.

The government, in 2007, had decided to develop the project in Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) modality by inviting private sector, both domestic and foreign, to develop the project.

Minister Pokharel argued that he decided to develop the project utilizing internal resources to make it feasible. “The project is not moving forward because its cost, as estimated by a South Korean consultant, is very high. Because of the huge cost, it comes under Investment Board Nepal,” he added.

Cost of the project can be brought down to Rs 121 billion by customizing the design into a single runway airport, according to Pokharel.

“I want to develop the project in Upper Tamakoshi model by mobilizing internal resources,” Pokharel said, adding, “We need to move forward immediately. We must have an alternative to Tribhuvan International Airport.”

The only international airport in the country was shut for four days in March last year after a Turkish Airlines aircraft skidded off the runway.

Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project, which is estimated to cost, is being developed by mobilizing internal resources. Several entities like Nepal Telecom, Employees Provident Fund and Citizen Investment Trust have invested in the project. More than 75 percent work of the project has already been completed. Many had questioned the development modality of this mega project when it was initiated four years ago.