Minister for Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation, Prem Bahadur Ale has said that the Tikapur Airport in Kailali district will be brought into operation soon.
During an on-site visit of the airport here today, Minister Ale shared that a total of Rs 20 million has been allocated for the airport in the current fiscal year.
Reaffirming his commitment to bring the airport into operation very soon, Minister Ale said that the report to be prepared by a study committee to be formed will determine whether the airport will be operative at the old space or a new one one.
According to him, the construction work will commence this fiscal year. This project could be developed as a multi-year project and is inevitable for Tikapur.
"The Tikapur area is known for its tourism prospects. It has a high potential for tourism. We are committed to ensuring air connectivity to unleash that potential," said the Tourism Minister, sharing that Rs 1 billion was allocated for upgrading the Dhangadhi Airport as a Regional Airport.
He said he was effortful to make sure each district has one air-ground. The minister informed that coordination is underway with the World Bank to build a fast track from the Dhangadhi Airport to New Delhi in India leading up to Lake Manasarovar in Tibetan Autonomous Area in China and a proposal seeking a budget worth Rs 65 billion was demanded.