The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has formed a ‘think tank’ and asked it to suggest measures for bringing about improvement in country’s civil aviation sector.
Issuing a press statement on Tuesday, the ministry said that the think tank will identify existing challenges in Nepal’s aviation sector and suggest measures deal with them.
The think tank is chaired by Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Addhikari.
Tourism ministry officials said that the think tank was formed with an objective to utilize the expertise of different people having experience and expertise in the civil aviation sector for improving the entire aviation sector.
Lalit Bikram Shah, former regional director of ICAO; former secretaries Birendra Bahadur Deuja, Nagendra Prasad Ghimire and Yagya Prasad Gautam; aviation experts Hari Bhakta Shrestha, Trichandra Manandhar, Ratish Chandra Lal Suman, Kamal Prasad Rimal; Captain PJ Shah; civil engineer Kamal Kumar KC; and experts Mahendra Singh Rawal, Uday Shrestha, Yubaraj Kumar Bhattarai, Narayan Bahadur Singh Dangol, Libindra Man Shakya, Suman Kumar Shrestha, Mahendra Raj Bhandari, Prabhakar Adhikari, Prabha Baidya and Hemanta Aryal are in the think tank.
The think tank is also expected to facilitate the government in implementation of programs included in the 100-day action plan of the tourism ministry.
Among others, the action plan envisages operating Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for at least 21 hours a day, address air traffic congestion at TIA, procuring high-tech rescue equipment, enhance capacity of air traffic control unit at TIA and make TIA’s slot management works more scientific.