FEB 24, 2012 DADELDHURA – Geographically isolated part of Nepal may connected again with the improvements and restoration of domestic airports in far-west as Minister for Tourism, Lokendra Bista Magar has said the Patan Airport of Baitadi district will be operated within one and half months.
Minister Bista Magar, who was here to inspect the obstructed airports of the far west, informed this while talking to local residents.
He also said he will make on the spot inspection of the airports of Gokuleswor of Darchula, Mahendranagar of Kanchanpur and Tikapur of Kailali districts.
In another context, Minister Bista magar said the far west should now be developed as the tourist destination of the country.
As our country is not so atractive to build roads and it is very difficult and costly to build roads in the hills, small airports are likely to help boost our economy and population living in those areas may feel and see the development in their lifetime.
Actually all the airports of the country are very important and the government should try to revive all these. Especially the airports located in hills and mountains hold immense importance as it is not that easy to find good locations for constructing new airports, secondly the costs are also high.
Take the example of the airport under construction in Kalikot. In this context, I would like to remind the concerned agencies to revive the Paluntar airstrip and expand it as it is the airport for three districts viz Gorkha, Lamjung and Tanahun and partially Manang. The airport can be easily extended and expanded for medium sized planes.
Further, it may serve for the purpose of developing the entire Marshyangdi valley to a satellite capital of our country, strategically located between Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and Manang. The sad thing is that, the road was constructed by destroying the airport itself to facilitate the Maoist’s Paluntar convension as if the airport is of no use forever.
The road could have been made choosing various routes without touching the airport. Why did the Ministry of Civil Aviation keep quiet when the property which belonged to them was destroyed?
We would like to see a modern Nepal soon and let’s get connected with the long isolated far west of our country.