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TIA EXPANSION WORK JUST 14 PERCENT COMPLETE

TIA EXPANSION WORK JUST 14 PERCENT COMPLETE

11 Aug 2015 | 08:40am

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Project to be delayed by at least two years

KATHMANDU, Aug 11: Only 14 percent of the construction work in the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Expansion Project, which had to be completed by 2016, has been completed so far. TIA had set a target of completing 80 percent of the work by the end of Fiscal Year 2014/15.

Republica
KATHMANDU, Aug 10

Only 14 percent of the construction work in the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Expansion Project, which had to be completed by 2016, has been completed so far.
TIA had set a target of completing 80 percent of the work by the end of Fiscal Year 2014/15. The Spanish contractor -- Constructora Sanjose -- has not been working for long and cited the unavailability of soil required for the expansion of the runway as the reason. Speaking at a meeting called by Development Committee of parliament to discuss about the status of the TIA upgradation and quality of service on Monday, TIA Improvement Project Chief Babu Ram Paudel said the company had been delaying construction saying that out of 2 million cubic meters of sand required for the expansion, only 400,000 cubic meters was available and it could not get remaining 1.6 million cubic meters of soil. “In the contract, it was clearly estimated that the soil queries are available in Jorpati, Duwakot and Besigaun areas. But the contractor had extracted soil from the Pashupati query. After the court’s stay order to not dig the soil from the area, the company stopped working after extracting 400,000 cubic meters of soil,” said Paudel, adding that TIA Improvement Project was not to blame for the delay.

Expansion work has stopped for a few days due to closure of the airport after the crash-landing of a Turkish Airlines craft, and during the SAARC summit and due to the April earthquake. Paudel said that TIA Improvement Project had already written thrice to the contractor warning it to carry out work and complete it in time but no replies had been received.
“Now, we will send them a fourth warning-letter, requesting them to inform us about the delay or else we may also think of terminating the contract,” he said, adding that provided the nature of the work done at present, it would take at least two years to complete. Suresh Acharya, joint secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), said that the earthwork of ICB-01 has been delayed but there was no problem with the civil works and hence an amicable solution should be found out.
The Director General of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), in its project review meeting held a few weeks back in Kathmandu, had also warned that if the expansion project was halted and work are not completed as per the time given, ADB would terminate the project. The project is funded by ADB.

According to Mohan Krishna Sapkota, spokesperson of MoCTCA, the major problems seen in the Spanish company was hiring of local and cheap contractors, absence of site inspection from the top management and the blaming the court stay order.
Lawmakers, Baijanath Chaudhary, Janardan Dhakal, Ram Kumar Bhattarai, Ang Dawa Sherpa, Tulasa Rana, Sita Giri and Ram Chandra Pokharel highlighted the need for solving of the problem with the contractor and completing of work in time. They also urged the concerned authorities to improve services being provided at TIA, to maintain it and to keep it clean and hygienic.

WORKS FOR IMPROVING QUALITY OF SERVICE

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Kripasur Sherpa said the government was committed to making TIA well-equipped and to raising the quality of service being provided to the passengers. He said that 85 percent of the construction work of an underground parking and office complex had been completed. “We have planned many work for the development of tourism in Nepal but many of them have been pending due to stay orders from the court,” Sherpa said. Birendra Kumar Shrestha, acting general manager of TIA, expressed his commitment to improving the quality of service at TIA in six to eight months. “We will have a play-zone for children at the domestic terminal, replace the luggage delivery belt by October and repair the damaged belt very soon,” he said.Tourism secretary Suresh Man Shrestha said that work was going on to improve quality service at the airport and he believed that passengers would soon feel the change. Rabindra Adhikari, chairman of the parliament committee directed the concerned ministries to submit progress reports of physical and technical work on the runway expansion project as per International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) standards. “The committee will soon carry out the inspection of TIA and other directions will be given after the visit,” Adhikari said. Likewise, instruction has been given to complete the runway expansion, construct a parallel taxiway and expand parking on time and also to solve the problem of soil-filling and to inform the committee about it.The Spanish contractor -- Constructora Sanjose -- has not been working for long and cited the unavailability of soil required for the expansion of the runway as the reason.

Speaking at a meeting called by Development Committee of parliament to discuss about the status of the TIA upgradation and quality of service on Monday, TIA Improvement Project Chief Babu Ram Paudel said the company had been delaying construction saying that out of 2 million cubic meters of sand required for the expansion, only 400,000 cubic meters was available and it could not get remaining 1.6 million cubic meters of soil.

"In the contract, it was clearly estimated that the soil queries are available in Jorpati, Duwakot and Besigaun areas. But the contractor had extracted soil from the Pashupati query. After the court's stay order to not dig the soil from the area, the company stopped working after extracting 400,000 cubic meters of soil," said Paudel, adding that TIA Improvement Project was not to blame for the delay. Expansion work has stopped for a few days due to closure of the airport after the crash-landing of a Turkish Airlines craft, and during the SAARC summit and due to the April earthquake. Paudel said that TIA Improvement Project had already written thrice to the contractor warning it to carry out work and complete it in time but no replies had been received. "Now, we will send them a fourth warning-letter, requesting them to inform us about the delay or else we may also think of terminating the contract," he said, adding that provided the nature of the work done at present, it would take at least two years to complete.

Suresh Acharya, joint secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), said that the earthwork of ICB-01 has been delayed but there was no problem with the civil works and hence an amicable solution should be found out.
The Director General of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), in its project review meeting held a few weeks back in Kathmandu, had also warned that if the expansion project was halted and work are not completed as per the time given, ADB would terminate the project. The project is funded by ADB. According to Mohan Krishna Sapkota, spokesperson of MoCTCA, the major problems seen in the Spanish company was hiring of local and cheap contractors, absence of site inspection from the top management and the blaming the court stay order.

Lawmakers, Baijanath Chaudhary, Janardan Dhakal, Ram Kumar Bhattarai, Ang Dawa Sherpa, Tulasa Rana, Sita Giri and Ram Chandra Pokharel highlighted the need for solving of the problem with the contractor and completing of work in time. They also urged the concerned authorities to improve services being provided at TIA, to maintain it and to keep it clean and hygienic.

WORKS FOR IMPROVING QUALITY OF SERVICE

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Kripasur Sherpa said the government was committed to making TIA well-equipped and to raising the quality of service being provided to the passengers. He said that 85 percent of the construction work of an underground parking and office complex had been completed. "We have planned many work for the development of tourism in Nepal but many of them have been pending due to stay orders from the court," Sherpa said. Birendra Kumar Shrestha, acting general manager of TIA, expressed his commitment to improving the quality of service at TIA in six to eight months. "We will have a play-zone for children at the domestic terminal, replace the luggage delivery belt by October and repair the damaged belt very soon," he said.
Tourism secretary Suresh Man Shrestha said that work was going on to improve quality service at the airport and he believed that passengers would soon feel the change.
Rabindra Adhikari, chairman of the parliament committee directed the concerned ministries to submit progress reports of physical and technical work on the runway expansion project as per International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) standards. "The committee will soon carry out the inspection of TIA and other directions will be given after the visit," Adhikari said.Likewise, instruction has been given to complete the runway expansion, construct a parallel taxiway and expand parking on time and also to solve the problem of soil-filling and to inform the committee about it .

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