KATHMANDU, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Nepali Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Sharad Singh Bhandari inaugurated the construction work of an international airport in Pokhara city, 200 km west of the capital Kathmandu, local media reported Wednesday.
"The preliminary survey and the grading work would be completed with 1.5 million rupees (around 20,200 U.S. dollars). Up to 50 million rupees (around 675,600 U.S. dollars) will be spent on the construction of the airport," Bhandari said at the inauguration ceremony on Tuesday, quoted by the local newspaper Himalayan Times.
According to the Himalayan Times, the Nepali government had allocated 106 ropanis (around 5.6 hectare) of land for the airport some 34 years back.
The airport is being constructed as an alternative to the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.