Budget prioritises tourism infrastructure development
Sunday 29th of May
Kathmandu, May 29: The newly-unveiled budget has accorded high-priority to tourism infrastructure development by focusing on airports and conservation of culture.
As part of this move, the government has said that construction of Gautam Buddha International Airport would be speeded up and completed by the Nepali month of Magh of 2074 BS and for this, Rs 7.22 billion has been allocated.
Likewise, Rs 5 billion has been set aside to complete the construction of Pokhara Regional international Airport within the next four years.
Also, Rs 1.5 billion has been allocated for the survey and land acquisition to construct Nijgadh International Airport within the upcoming fiscal year.
Repairs of airports in Jiri of Dolakha, Patan of Baitadi, Saphebagar of Achham, Gokuleshwor of Darchula, Rajbiraj of Saptari and Kanchanpur will be carried out and they will be brought into operation, the budget said.
Also, airports in Dhangadhi, Dang and Biratnagar will be expanded.
Likewise, the government will make preparations to observe 2073 BS as Domestic Tourism Year and 2018 BS as Visit Nepal Year, the budget statement read.
The government will establish an integrated rescue centre for mountaineers to manage and make mountaineering tourism safe, it said.
The centres will be established in the areas of Mt Everest, Annapurna and Rolwaling.