POKHARA: If everything goes well, construction of the proposed Pokhara international airport will start soon as a delegation of Chinese Exim bank and the concerned company visit Pokhara.
A team comprising bank Deputy General Director Zhao Liang and CAMC Engineering Corporation’s vice-chairpersons Shengcheng Liv and Zhang Yun arrived in Pokhara today.
In the course of an interaction with the private sector, the team showed interest in starting the project at the earliest, saying if everything goes well the project will be completed in three years.
Speaking on the occasion, the bank deputy general director also praised the interest the residents of Pokhara had shown in Chinese investment and investors.
“As soon as we return from here there will be a loan deal between Nepal government and the government of China, which will be followed by construction work,” said Liang.
The construction company Vice-chairperson Liv, on his part, called on the locals of Pokhara to support the project, expressing his pledge not to compromise on the quality of the airport.
Pokhara Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairperson and Pokhara International Airport Construction Committee coordinator Bindu Kumar Thapa hoped that project implementation would help deepen relations between Nepal and China.
The then government 40 years ago had requisitioned 3,100 ropani land in Pokhara sub-metropolis wards 14, 15 and 18 in Chhinedanda. The construction has so far failed to start due to lack of budget, political instability and dispute over compensation for land.
News source: The Himalayan Times