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Nepal is expected to sign an agreement with India for periodic airport inspections.

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Nepal is expected to sign an agreement with India for periodic airport inspections.

After approval from the Tourism Ministry, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal will sign a long-term government-to-government agreement with for periodic surveillance and radar flight inspections in order to avoid being forced into contracting with unreliable companies in the midst of the never-ending Covid-19 crisis. The agreement will be for periodic airport surveillance and radar flight inspections.

Owing to the viral outbreak, Nepal had recently requested assistance from India in order to undertake a fly inspection of the newly built navigation and communication infrastructure at international airport, as the original contractor had been unable to to the outbreak.

According to Raj Kumar Chettri, a spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, the authority had also inquired of the Airport Authority of India about the possibility of assisting Nepal in conducting surveillance of navigation and communication infrastructure at all airports, with the exception of the new airport in Bhairahawa, according to The Nepal Post.

Nepal has opted to engage the Airport Authority of India for at least five years, based on the favourable response received from India, he said, adding that the proposal from Nepal’s civil aviation organisation had been approved by the country’s tourism ministry.

The proposal must be approved by the Civil Aviation Board, which is presided over by the Minister of Tourism. Sher Bahadur Deuba, the Prime Minister of Nepal, who also holds the tourism portfolio, serves as the chairman of the civil aviation authority.

Our meeting with Prime Minister Deuba was scheduled for this week, we were unable to meet with him because of his hectic schedule.” “Another meeting has been scheduled,” Chettri explained. However, the Civil Aviation Authority is unsure of the exact date.

Nepal has been unable to complete annual airport surveillance and radar flight inspections owing to Covid-19 for the past two years, which has caused the country to fall behind schedule.

According to Buddhi Sagar Lamichhane, joint secretary at the ministry in charge of aviation matters, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal could launch the procedure in accordance with the legislation, but the board would have to give its approval before it could begin.

“The decision was intended to avoid the necessity of contracting with untrustworthy companies during the Covid-19 issue. Nepal must undertake the inspection as soon as possible, but bringing in foreign specialists will be challenging given the current conditions, and this could cause the periodic test to be delayed,” Lamichhane explained.

“The government-to-government agreement will that the equipment and airport thoroughly tested in a timely manner.”

Bhairahawa International Airport is equipped with an instrument landing system (ILS), which must be inspected at least once six months, according to the airport’s director. “We will save time and money by not having to go through the inconvenience of holding tenders during a time of crisis.”

The construction of the Gautam Buddha International Airport in Bhairahawa, in the south central region of Nepal, is nearing completion, and it is expected to be ready for commercial operation by the beginning of 2022.

It will have a runway that is 3,000 metres long and 45 metres wide, and it will serve as a gateway to Lumbini, the international

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