KATHMANDU, Feb. 9 -- Tourism minister Rabindra Adhikari has said that all paperwork and other preliminary works for Nijgadh International Airport (NIA) will be completed within three months, and the construction will commence immediately afterwards.

Speaking at a meeting organized by Nepal Engineer's Association (NEA) in Kathmandu on Friday, Minister Adhikari said: "It is a project of top priority for the government, as it holds the promise of economic growth of the country."

"The project has already been very much delayed. We have to begin it as soon as possible," he said. "The ministry is ready to face any challenges that may come up during the construction."

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