Govt allocates Rs 7b for construction, upgradation of airports


File photo of Janakpur Airport.

BUDGET 2014/15
The government has allocated Rs 7.08 billion for the construction and upgradation of various airports across the country.
Presenting the budget for fiscal year 2014/15 on Sunday, Finance Minsiter Dr Ram Sharan Mahat unveiled the government’s plans to equip necessary infrastructures in Janakpur, Bhadrapur and Surkhet airports so that they support take off and landing of flights during night time.
Similarly, the government has set aside Rs 500 million for initiating preliminary works on the second international airport in Nijgadh of Bara. Likewise, the government will develop Biratnagar, Nepalgunj and Dhangadi airports as well-equipped regional airports.
The new budget has given special focus on promotion of the Great Himalaya Trail that stretches from Taplejung in east to Darchula in west. It is regarded as one of the longest and exciting trekking trails in the world.
In a bid to strengthen the national flag carrier, the government ha unveiled plan to acquired 22 new aircraft (15 for domestic and 7 for international operation) within the next five years. Similarly, the government has decided to waive off income tax for next 10 years for tourism entrepreneurs constructing resorts on the banks of Rara and other major lakes across the country.
Likewise, the government has allocated another Rs 3.92 billion for tourism related infrastructure development and culture promotional programs.

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