Pokhara : Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has asserted that the construction of Pokhara Airport will not be halted .
Minister Adhikari clarified at a press conference that although the experts have furnished many recommendations concerning the construction of the Airport, no recommendations suggest halting its construction .He said that a 180-seater aircraft would soon land at the under-construction Airport in Pokhara.
He was confident that the construction of the Airport would be completed by 2021 and a budget worth 11 billion has been allocated in the current fiscal year for it.
On the progress in air traffic management, he cited the operation of the only International Airport in the country-Tribhuvan International Airport- for continuous 21 hours.
He said that the concerned authority would make sure that the high quality aircraft would bring in high-end tourists to Pokhara.
He said that the government was preparing to launch five-year plan and programmes within this month. Preparations were afoot for observing Visit Nepal 2020 aimed at attracting as many as 2 million tourists in the country.
Last week, he clarified that International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has removed Nepal’s aviation sector from the Significant Safety Concern (SSC) list.
“Nepal has been eliminated from the ICAO’s Significant Safety Concern List. The ICAO has been keeping an eye on the air space and the functionaries of its 192 member nations. In it’s 2013 audit report, Nepal was enlisted in Significant Safety Concern (SSC) list and Nepal’s compliance to the ICAO’s standard at that time stood only at 55 percent out of the standard 60 percent. In regard to this, the attempts made by the government of Nepal and the International Aviation Organization have leaped forward to 66.08 percent which can be regarded as the most significant progress,” he apprised the parliament recently.
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