BHAIRAHAWA, Dec 6: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Kumar Bhattarai has given the Chinese contractor North West Company a deadline of 25 days to complete the Gautam Buddha International Airport. Addressing the project chief and company representatives during an onsite inspection on Saturday, he said, "I am giving you homework for 25 days, and I want it completed."
On the occasion, he also said that once completed the airport would become the first one to be operational among the national pride projects. Minister Bhattarai said that Nepali human resources should be mobilized to complete the remaining works. The work was incomplete as foreign technicians are unable to come to Nepal due to the pandemic.
Project chief Prabesh Adhikari said 92 per cent of the work has been completed and the remaining work was stalled as workers stranded abroad were not able to travel due to lockdowns. However, civil works at the airport continued even during the lockdown.
Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Yadav Koirala, also stressed on the need to complete the project on time.