(English) Country getting new radar to boost air safety

The lone radar at TIA. Image: file photo/agency.
The lone radar at TIA. Image: file photo/agency.

KATHMANDU, Nepal–Nepal is improving air transport safety by setting up a new radar system and weather monitoring equipment to help avoid air crash during bad weather in the Himalayan nation.

A report by AP citing tourism Secretary Sushil Ghimire has it that the new radar system is being installed on the summit of mountain, located in the south of Katmandu. The new system is believed to cover the entire nation.

Tribuhuvan International Airport (TIA), the only international airport in the country is frequently facing air traffic jam due to technical snag in the radar which was set up at a cost of $34 million some 13 years ago.

The lone radar at TIA is said to have limited range due to a unique geography of the valley.

Many flight strips in the Himalayan nation are in mountain ranges, making flying risky during adverse weather.

According to Ghimire, cameras are being installed in those airports which will transmit data and images to Katmandu.

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