Upgradation of civil aviation discussed

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Kathmandu, Dec. 15: Various experts and stakeholders have noted that more secured, reliable and regular civil aviation enabled with physical infrastructure and technical equipment would be key to economic development of the country.

The remarks were made at an interaction organized by Civil Aviation Authority Nepal (CAAN), Employees’ Union on the up-gradation of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and construction of Pokhara and Bhairahawa regional airports here Sunday.

Presenting working paper on challenges of civil aviation in Nepal, CAAN’s former Director General Birendra Deuja said employees should have a sense of ownership and commitment for the improvement of aviation stressing the need to restructuring the aviation for flight security, traffic and technical management.

The government should actively come up to expedite the construction of Nijgadh International Airport by spurring investment since TIA could not manage the increasing flights.

Principal Advisor to Ministry of Finance Dr Chiranjibi Nepal, presenting working paper on civil aviation and privatization, said the government is mulling to privatize civil aviation authority by giving its management on contract or lease to attract foreign investment in the sector.

The state could not sustain new technology and management cost in civil aviation, he added.

Citing example that the socialist country like China has also ensured the management and operation of airport by involving private sector, he stressed the need to utilize private sector to seek strategic partners for privatization and encourage investment.

CAAN’s engineer Subarna Raj Upadhyaya said though the TIA has the capacity to park nine airbus one at a time, there is compulsion to keep flying the planes in the sky. RSS

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