The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Tuesday (Nov 6) signed a contract with a state-owned enterprise of China called China National Aero Technology International Engineering Corporation to rehabilitate the runway and taxiway at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).
Of the four international firms that had submitted their applications for the runway and taxiway rehabilitation project at TIA, the Chinese company was the lowest bidder and obtained the aforementioned project that is worth Rs 3.78 billion, informed Baburam Poudel, chief of the TIA Runway and Taxiway Rehabilitation Project.
Under the project agreement, the Chinese contractor will have to complete the runway and taxiway maintenance works within 18 months starting today. In the first phase, the contractor has been given the mandate to complete rehabilitating the 3,050-metre runway by June next year. “Following the completion of the runway maintenance, the contractor will have to begin the rehabilitation process of taxiway at TIA,” Poudel said.
The civil aviation regulatory body said that the actual works regarding the maintenance of the TIA runway will begin from April first week next year. Prior to that, the contractor will be engaged in works regarding importing necessary equipment and raw materials at the project site.