House panel finds Saarc preparations inadequate

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
House panel finds Saarc preparations inadequate

Nov 16, 2014-

The parliamentary sub-committee of International Relations and Labour on Sunday concluded that infrastructure and other renovation works for the 18th Saarc Summit were inadequate and not making desired progress.

After inspecting the VIP lounge and immigration section at the Tribhuvan International Airport and City Hall, panel’s coordinator Bal Bahadur KC said that some tasks had been completed, some yet to be completed and some yet to be finalised.

“Those who had assumed responsibility five days ago are yet to complete their tasks. We have also found the quality of work to be very poor,” observed KC, referring to the poor sitting arrangement in City Hall--the summit’s main venue. “The passages are very narrow and it is very difficult to pass on from one seat to another. We will suggest the government to redo the sitting arrangement there, otherwise it will create total discomfort,” said KC.

The scene outside City Hall appeared in shambles and several structures planned for the meet are unlikely to be ready by the Monday--the deadline set by the Urban Development Ministry to hand it over to the Foreign Ministry. Tapendra Bahadur Khadka, an engineer at the Department of Building, said all renovation and maintenance works would be compete by Tuesday morning.  

“Several tasks which needed to be completed five days ago, are still pending. We could not find work satisfactory as there are lot of concern about the quality of the construction,” said KC.

The condition inside the international airport was even worse, KC explained. “The scene inside the airport is one that of complete chaos--broken chairs were strewn everywhere and renovation of the TIA main gate is far from over,” he said. “We are inspecting the roads on Monday and then will give our suggestions to the government,” said KC.

Officials at the TIA and other concerned government agencies have assured the House panel that they would get the works completed within the next 2-3 days. “The TIA gives a first impression. Such piecemeal approach is not justifiable and we need to add something at TIA that reflects our heritage,” he said.

Published: 17-11-2014 09:07

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