Kathmandu, March 30

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) today unveiled the government’s 100-day action plan targeting Nepal’s tourism industry.

The action plan, which was unveiled by Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari, has basically prioritised reforming the country’s only international airport — Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) — expediting development of tourism-related national pride projects (NPPs), strengthening Nepal Airlines and policy reforms, among other issues.

Under the government’s plan to improve and standardise TIA, the 100-day work plan has stated that MoCTCA will initiate the process of operating TIA for at least 21 hours every day in order to address the air traffic congestion. Similarly, MoCTCA has said it would focus on enhancing the capacity of air traffic control (ATC) unit at TIA and make TIA’s slot management works more scientific.

Likewise, MoCTCA has also put forth its plan to make the necessary arrangements so that inbound passengers would be able to collect their baggage at the TIA within an hour.

Under its plan to effectively implement national pride projects related to tourism, MoCTCA has said that the environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the planned second international airport at Nijgadh will be completed within the next three months. Similarly, MoCTCA has also set the target to finalise the construction modality of the Nijgadh International Airport within the given time and complete the liability management works with the Korean company LMW, which has developed the detailed feasibility study (DFS) of the airport.

The government has also unveiled its plan to complete at least 40 per cent of physical development of runway, tower and other civil construction works of the Gautam Buddha Airport in Bhairahawa within the next three months.

In a bid to promote Pashupatinath Temple, the government also unveiled its plan to produce and publicise a documentary film depicting the religious importance of Pashupatinath along with the historical, archaeological and mythological significance of the Pashupati area.

Similarly, Minister Adhikari also stated that reformative works will be initiated at Nepal Airlines to strengthen its capacity. For this, MoCTCA has said that initiatives will be taken to purchase at least eight new Twin Otter aircraft for Nepal Airlines and increase flights to various domestic destinations.

Likewise, the government will also hold a study on constructing a new airport at Dhulikhel and transferring domestic flights from TIA to the Dhulikhel Airport.

“The action plan has set some targets to boost the country’s tourism industry and we are committed to making substantial progress in achieving these targets within the next three months,” Adhikari added.