Nepal | July 10, 2020

Manthali Airport black topping in limbo

Himal Dhungel
Share Now:

Ramechhap, October 14

Black topping of Manthali Airport has been left in a lurch for the past eight months in Ramechhap.

Thousands of inbound and outbound Ramechhap dwellers have been deprived of air service as the project is nowhere near completion.

The delay in upgrading has mostly affected the elderly, pregnant women and patients of various diseases in need of emergency health services. Many such people have lost their lives owing to the lack of timely treatment for want of air transport.

Emergency flights, refuelling and other activities have also been halted as flights were cancelled owing to black-topping months ago. Local markets also have been adversely affected as local products could not be transported to Solukhumbu and other places due to the halt in cargo flights.

“Though the project was to be completed within 15 months, it has been in limbo even after 24 months,” said sources. The contract period has been extended to mid-December citing obstruction due to the April 25 earthquake.

Project Chief Yogendra Sharma, however, had argued that the upgrading work would be completed before Dashain festival. “The black topping was delayed due to the quake followed by monsoon,” claimed Sharma.

District Natural Disaster Rescue Committee had used the airport terminal to store and distribute relief materials after the earthquake.

The contractor of the project claimed that repair work was delayed due to disruption in supply of construction materials owing to the ongoing Tarai-Madhes unrest. As the airport is nearest from the capital city, it was used for emergency landing and parking of aircraft on hold.

A version of this article appears in print on October 15, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Coronavirus pandemic affects Nepal’s sovereign credit rating process

KATHMANDU, JULY 8 The country’s sovereign rating assessment is likely to be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Though the government had awarded Fitch Ratings, a United States-based international credit rating agency, to study and confirm Nepal’s sovereign credit rating in December l Read More...

Public transportation workers stage protest in Rajbiraj

RAJBIRAJ, JULY 8 Public transportation workers working in Saptari district demonstrated demanding permits for the operation of transport service in Rajbiraj today. At the initiative of Nepal Transportation Free Labour Union Municipal committee and All Nepal Electricity Rickshaw, Auto, Temp Read More...

Metropolitan Traffic Police Division

Drivers’ negligence blamed for road accidents in Kathmandu valley

KATHMANDU, JULY 8 Kathmandu valley reported over 9,000 road accidents in the current fiscal year. According to Metropolitan Traffic Police Division, road accident cases in fiscal 2019/20 stood at 9,461 and negligence on part of the drivers was to primarily blame for most of the cases. The Numb Read More...

92pc COVID patients recover, return home in Rautahat

RAUTAHAT, JULY 8 Ninety-two percent COVID-19 patients have so far recovered and returned home in Rautahat, the district that tops the province in COVID-19 infections. As per data, 1,246 India returnees from India and abroad have so far tested positive for coronavirus in the district. “We Read More...

NCP feud ripples seen in Saptari

RAJBIRAJ, JULY 8 The intra-party feud in the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) seems to have trickled to the district level in Saptari as two different factions were at odds over holding a support rally in favour of the Prime Minister and party Co-chair KP Sharma Oli. After a faction of the party l Read More...

Patient reported to have died returns home after recovery

CHITWAN, JULY 8 A person who was reported dead during treatment returned home yesterday after recovery. Relatives of the patient had vandalised the local Chitwan Medical College blaming the hospital’s sheer negligence for the death. However, Ashish BK, 18, of the Bharatpur metropolis, who Read More...


Two killed in separate road accidents

CHITWAN, JULY 8 A pedestrian was killed when a vehicle knocked him down at Khahare of Bharatpur Metropolitan City in the wee hours today. Chitwan District Police Office confirmed the death of the person of around 25 years of age on the spot in the accident that occurred at 3:30am today. The Read More...

People living in constant fear of floods for years

Due to rapid erosion, pillars on the Nepal-India border are also falling into the river  LAMKI, JULY 8 Every year when monsoon starts people residing downstream of Karnali River in Kailali have to spend sleepless nights due to fear of floods. This year too, locals of Srilanka, Tikapur, have Read More...