TIA to have new arrival hall, parking facility within a year
KATHMANDU, Jan 19: Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) will soon have a new arrival hall and arrival parking facility.
Rasuwa KD Company, a joint venture of Rasuwa Construction Company and KD Group, is constructing arrival hall, arrival parking lot and an office building in the premises of TIA. The company is investing Rs 420 million in the project.
Dinesh Prasad Shrestha, general manager at TIA, said the project is being implemented under Build-Own-Operate- Transfer (BOOT) model. “The project developer will operate the arrival hall, arrival parking and the building for 30 years and hand them over to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN),” Shrestha said.
He further added that the company is paying Rs 7.5 million a year as rental charges. It will also pay five percent of its total revenue in the first five years as royalty fee. The royalty fee will increase by five percentage points every five years.
The two-storied building will have an arrival hall and arrival car parking in the basement and the ground floor. The parking area will have the capacity to accommodate 500 four-wheelers at a time. Likewise, the arrival building will have 60,000 sq ft of office spaces. The company plans to lease out the spaces to aviation related service providers like cargo and courier services, airlines, travel agencies, money changers and manpower companies, among others.
At present, TIA does not have separate arrival and departure car parking area. The existing parking areas can accommodate 200 four-wheelers at a time.
“At present, people have been facing problems as we have a single parking area for arrival and departure. Also, people waiting for the arrival of their friends and families have to stand outside as the arrival lobby has very limited chairs,” Deepak Malhotra, chairman of KD Group, said. “The new facility will end these problems.”
The arrival hall will have different facilities like air conditioning, sofa, TV, Internet facility, coffee shop, books and gift stores, among others. According t Malhotra, they will charge entry fee of Rs 50 per person.
“Construction works, which started last year, is going on in full swing. We plan to bring the arrival hall, car parking and the building into operation by January 2015,” added Malhotra.