‘Use local resources in national pride projects’

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Mar 16, 2015-

The Development Committee of Legislature Parliament on Monday directed the government to consider developing national pride projects such as Kathmandu-Tarai Fast Track Project and second international airport by mobilising indigenous resources.

“The government should not just analyse projects from the commercial standpoint,” the committee decision reads. It has also directed the government to immediately begin technical tasks and create atmosphere for the smooth running of such projects to realise the economic and social benefits.

The decision was preceded by discussions among Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, senior UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, senior Nepal Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba, Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat, UCPN (Maoist) Chief Whip Girirajmani Pokharel and experts.

During the house committee meeting, PM Koirala stressed on the need to move the both projects ahead. “The Tribhuvan International Airport gets cracks on some occasion and planes cannot land on the other occasion,” he complained. “It has tainted our interational image.”

Finance Minister Mahat said the government would construct the projects on its own if the current model—build, operate and transfer—does not work.

Underscoring the importance of the Fast-Track Project, former finance secretary Rameshore Khanal said it would integrate Kathmandu and Tarai at political, economic, cultural and social levels. “Looking at this project only through commercial point of view, we quickly jump into conclusion that the government cannot develop this project.

Published: 17-03-2015 09:16

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