January 4, 2020/Kathmandu: The government has erected a statue of Lord Buddha at Tribhuvan International Airport as a move to transform it into a ’boutique airport’.
Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattari unveiled the statue today, amid a function.
“The tourists will see the statue of Lord Buddha as soon as they arrive at the TIA. This is expected to give a message that Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha and also promote Nepal’s tourism,” Minister Bhattarai mentioned.
Rupees 7 million has been spent to construct the grand statue facing the runway.
TIA General Manager Rajan Pokharel said that they are rigorously working to transform the airport to a boutique airport.
The government had put forward the concept of boutique airport in it’s policies and programs for Fiscal Year 2019/20 unveiled earlier this year.
CAAN officials told Republica that some 90% of landscaping works have been completed in the first quarter of the current fiscal year.
The effort to gear up the process to beautify the airport by adding necessary aesthetic measures for upgrading the airport into a boutique airport has been in full swing.
The airport management has already implemented some measures like beautifying its premises, adding more trolleys, managing baggage claim area, and facilitating passengers by providing them prompt service.
Meanwhile, TIA has achieved 37% progress in expansion of terminal building and 33.87% in expansion of south runway. The report states that the airport management has completed 80% of taxiway rehabilitation work and installation of lights to keep the airport open for 24 hours.