M1 BIL­LION DEAL FOR AIR­PORT UPGRADE

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Lekhetho Nt­sukun­yane

GOVERN­MENT will to­day ink a deal worth M1 bil­lion to re­fur­bish Moshoeshoe I In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Pub­lic Works and Trans­port Min­is­ter Tšoeu Mok­eretla has said.

Mr Mok­eretla made the an­nounce­ment yes­ter­day while an­swer­ing ques­tions in the Se­nate. The ques­tions, which were posed by Qacha’s Nek Prin­ci­pal Chief, Mo­jela Makhaola, cen­tred on when the re­fur­bish­ment would be­gin, the ar­eas ear­marked for ren­o­va­tion and the cost of the upgrade.

In his re­sponse, Mr Mok­eretla said a del­e­ga­tion of ex­perts from the Kuwait Fund for Arab Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, Saudi Fund for De­vel­op­ment, Arab Bank for Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment in Africa and OPEC Fund for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment, ar­rived in the coun­try on Sun­day to as­sess the state of the air­port.

Mr Mok­eretla said the del­e­ga­tion’s visit was at the in­vi­ta­tion of the Min­istry of Fi­nance fol­low­ing a fea­si­bil­ity study by his min­istry.

The re­fur­bish­ment, the min­is­ter said, would cost M1, 073, 300 028, with the ex­er­cise ex­pected to com­mence im­me­di­ately af­ter the Min­istry of Fi­nance has se­cured the money.

“The Min­istry of Fi­nance has been ne­go­ti­at­ing with the fol­low­ing de­vel­op­ment part­ners; Kuwait Fund for Arab Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, Saudi Fund for De­vel­op­ment, Arab Bank for Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment in Africa and OPEC Fund for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment.

“A del­e­ga­tion from th­ese part­ners ar­rived in Le­sotho on 15 Novem­ber 2015 to as­sess the state of the air­port,” he said, adding the team would leave the coun­try on Satur­day.

“The del­e­ga­tion will hold a meet­ing with cab­i­net to­mor­row to sign a part­ner­ship agree­ment for the re­fur­bish­ment of the air­port. I am not in a po­si­tion to say how much the part­ners will put on the ta­ble, but the Kuwait Fund for Arab Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment alone has pledged 85 per­cent of the to­tal cost of the re­fur­bish­ment.”

Mr Mok­eretla said the ar­eas need­ing ur­gent at­ten­tion in­cluded strength­en­ing of the ex­ist­ing run­way, ex­ten­sion of the run­way and adding new shoul­ders on both sides of the run­way, pro­vi­sion of a new turn-pad at Run­way 04, run­way mark­ings and sig­nage, air­field ground light­ing im­prove­ment and perime­ter road up­grad­ing.

“The ren­o­va­tions will also in­clude ad­di­tions and al­ter­ations of the ter­mi­nal and ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ings, ex­ten­sion and mod­i­fi­ca­tion of the ex­ist­ing car-park and roads, im­prove­ments to me­chan­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties such as con­veyor belts, slid­ing doors, bag­gage-screen­ers etc,” he said.

“Added to that, the ex­er­cise will also in­clude im­prov­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion and se­cu­rity equip­ment, rec­ti­fi­ca­tion of roof leak­ages at the ter­mi­nal and fire sta­tion, re­place­ment of the rapid in­ter­ven­tion ve­hi­cle, strength­en­ing and widen­ing of ex­ist­ing taxi­ways and flex­i­ble apron with con­crete to ac­com­mo­date larger air­craft, pro­vide an over­head bridge for pas­sen­gers em­bark­ing and dis­em­bark­ing the air­craft, pro­vide for a sep­a­rate VIP lounge build­ing away from the ex­ist­ing ter­mi­nal and a tran­sit lounge at the ter­mi­nal.”

The ren­o­va­tions will also in­clude ad­di­tions and al­ter­ations of the ter­mi­nal and ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ings, ex­ten­sion and mod­i­fi­ca­tion of the ex­ist­ing car-park and roads, im­prove­ments to me­chan­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties such as con­veyor belts, slid­ing doors, bag­gage-screen­ers etc

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