Stakeholders call for constructing international airport in Pokhara

POKHARA: Tourism entrepreneurs, business leaders, stakeholders and locals in Pokhara have asked the authorities concerned to begin the construction work of an international airport in Pokhara as quickly as possible.

They have expressed dissatisfaction to the dillydallying in the construction of an airport in Pokhara though over 3,000 ropani of land was annexed at Chhinedanda some four decades ago.

The estimated cost of the project is around Rs 27 billion. Earlier, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) had said that it was unable to invest such a huge amount of budget for the project.

At an interaction on ‘Pokhara Regional International Airport: Our Concerns’ organized by the Pokhara Regional International Stakeholder Committee in Pokhara, speakers accused the CAAN officials of not showing interest to construct the international airport in Pokhara or even obstructing the project.
The speakers have also warned of encircling the central office of the CAAN, and meeting with the minister for tourism and civil aviation in this regard.
On the occasion, former president of Federation of Nepalis Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) Anandaraj Mulmi said none should obstruct the project as construction of the international airport in Pokhara is linked with the future development of Pokhara and its folks.

He claimed the construction cost of the project could also decrease as detail design of the project was yet to be prepared.
Former lawmaker Rajkaji Gurung said that other mega projects too would come in Pokhara after the beginning of construction work of the airport.

The UCPN (Maoist) leader said, “This project could bring about a drastic change in Pokhara’s development. It should be taken ahead without any delay.”
On the occasion, hoteliers, union leaders and others demanded the government take action against those bureaucratic mechanisms for their noncooperation to construct the international airport in Pokhara. RSS

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