KATHMANDU: The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has signed a contract with 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. The project is worth Rs3.55 billion, said Babu Ram Poudel, chief of the TIA Runway and Taxiway Rehabilitation Project.
In the first phase, the contractor has been given the mandate to complete rehabilitating the 3,050-metre runway by June next year.
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.
The government moved to upgrade the sole runway at TIA as it started developing frequent cracks and potholes, affecting many incoming and outbound flights along with other security issues. Cracks along the runway in fact have become a routine affair since the last few years.