Er. Dipendra Kandel

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Dipendra Kandel submits appeal letter demanding legal action against TIA radar operators

22nd Aug, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Aug 22: Public Innovator E. Dipendra Kandel has submitted an appeal letter to the Minister of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Adhikari, demanding legal action against the radar operators at .

also demanded that the runway of the airport be upgraded to international standards. Minister Adhikari acknowledged that the demands were reasonable and informed that he has published calls for tender to improve the TIA runway.

He also said that he was informed of the recklessness of the radar operators leading to a recent accident, and thanked Kandel for bringing the government's attention on this matter.



KATHMANDU Sep 6. The Office of Dipendra Kandel Public Sector Innovator Er. Dipendra Kandel has stated that the government will suffer a great loss if the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) runway is not rebuilt and completed before the scheduled date i.e. 28 February 2019.

Speaking about the discussion with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAAN) Officer on yesterday. Mr. Kandel suggested the rehabilitation of the runway should occur as soon as possible which has been a challenge so far. He said, “Listening to their words, it seems they won’t reconsider starting the rebuild before the scheduled 28 February even after my repeated suggestion to not hold it for that long as it will incur a greater loss for the country.”

He said that he has been in constant contact and discussions with the concerned bodies about the issue but has yet to see any initiation from their part.

Mr. Kandel addressed “even after submitting my memorandum two weeks ago in hopes of prompt governmental response, there was another incident of Yeti airlines, that I believe is the result of the poor condition of the runway, any further wait will only increase the probability of more incidents and risk the safety of the passengers”. He added that while the minister was positive about his memorandum and the initiation of the runway reconstruction no progress has yet been made.

Being the only international airport in Nepal, the bad condition of the TIA runway has not only impacted the airport traffic but has also hampered country’s image in the international front. Mr. Kandel has appealed not only to the concerned bodies in Nepal, but also to the Regional Director (Asia) of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Mr. Arun Mishra. He added, “Mishra is also positive about my request but suggested the decision is in the hands of CAAN and encouraged further discussion with the authority.

In Kandel’s view, Prime Minister K.P Sharma Oli should take lead to instigate the rehabilitation of the runway before 28 February and make it a priority, which will abade the uncertainty currently present among the people. The CAAN also agrees that the runway is currently in a bad shape but has not commented on whether the added pressure will change its scheduled date of runway reconstruction.

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Er Dipendra Kandel invited to Maldivian Presidential Inauguration

DC Nepal Correspondent, November 1, 2018

Kathmandu: Public Sector Innovator Er. Kandel has been invited to attend the inauguration ceremony of H.E. Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih as the President of the Republic Of Maldives, and H.E. Mr. Faisal Naseem as the Vice-President of the Republic Of The Maldives, on 11th November 2018, in Male, Maldives.

President Of Dipendra Kandel Initiative, President Of Delhi Study Group For Nepal and Expert In Civil Aviation Er. Kandel said that Maldives had extended its wish for me to attend the inauguration, during a regular press conference today at the office in Kathmandu.

Er. Kandel added that an official invitation has received yesterday which was sent by Mr. Hassan Latheef, Chairperson Of Presidential Inauguration Committee. The official invitation has received through the diplomatic channels, he added.

The Elections Commission of Maldives on 29 September 2018 officially declared opposition leaders H.E. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and H.E. Mr. Faisal Naseem winners of the country’s national election as a next President and Vice President Of The Republic Of Maldives respectively.

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Er. Dipendra Kandel Expresses concern on the Runway of Tribhuvan International Airport

Wed, 2018-10-03 13:11 — editor

The 62 years old Runway of Tribhuvan International Airport is a major point of a concern on the work of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), pointed out Public Sector Innovator Er. Dipendra Kandel.

Tribhuvan International Airport t has a single 10,007 feet (3,050 m) concrete runway orientated 02/20. The airport has one 10,000ft-long and 150 ft. wide concrete runway. Originally a grass runway, it was re-laid in concrete in 1957 The runway was extended from 6,600ft to 10,000ft in 1975 with a lifespan of 14 years.

On Monday, speaking with media personnel about his work for the empowerment of Civil Aviation Of Nepal, Mr. Kandel expressed that the ICAO played an impractical role during the removal of Significant Safety Concern (SSC) tag imposed on Nepal's aviation industry since July 2013.

He said, “The mission led by ICAO operations expert had given Nepal a score of 66% for Effective Implementation (EI) of safety standards, which is above the benchmark of the global standard of 60%”. “Whereas the previous audit report of 2013 pointed that Nepal’s score was no higher than 55.01%”, he added.

According to sources, Significant Safety Concern (SSC) is referred under its jurisdiction with respect to the ability of the audited state to properly oversee its airlines (air operators); airports; aircraft; and/or air navigation services provider. Mr. Kandel questioned to ICAO, “How is it possible to get 66% on EI standards when the TIA Runway is 62 years old?”

He added, “There are too many parameters of ICAO, Primary Aviation Legislation and association civil aviation regulations, Civil Aviation Organizational Structure, Personnel Licensing Activities, Aircraft Operations, Airworthiness of civil aircraft, Aerodromes, Air Navigation Services, Accident and Serious Incident Investigations etc. for example, but SSC concerns more than just the airport, aircraft and navigation service provider. Thus, we have to seriously question the ICAO and its audit report and standards for giving 66% rating to the TIA while airport and navigation service provider is the main cause of the recent air mishaps which occurred just before TIA was even awarded this percentage."

Kandel questioned, “If ICAO claims that the Nepalese Airport is good and functional, as denoted from the 66% rating, even though it operates on a 62 years old runway, then we have to question further why it has standardized the life of an International Runway to be 15-20 years maximum?” He also added that it would have been possible for Turkish Airlines Flight TK 726 pilot to land through the dense fog, rather than skid off the runway as it did-ceasing flights to and from Nepal for multiple days if Runway Centerline Lighting System were available.

He stated, “ICAO manual has clearly shown that we are supposed to upgrade with the Centerline Lighting System and again we need to question, how did the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) get this rating from ICAO for an airport with an expired runway and no upgrades? We also need to address the fact that TIA received points for the Navigation Services Providers even though we have recently had some serious accidents here primarily due to the miscommunications with the control team at TIA such as US-Bangla and Altitude Helicopter which had (49+6) 55 casualties.”

At last, Kandel added, “CAAN in 2014 had concluded that the runway at TIA was not strong enough to handle wide-body jets due to its aging asphalt foundation, and distress it caused to the upper surface instantly when heavy planes land on it. Since then we not only have the same old and expired runway but also the wide-body planes are added up, not issuing NOTAM for closing the airport for more than 15 minutes, and covering the runway problem by giving the falsified weather information. Are these questions unanswerable to ICAO?” he asked the question to reporters in surprise.

- Asian Tribune –