“There is no alternative to Nijgadh Int’l Airport”

Published On: September 25, 2020 09:01 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Sept 25: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Yogesh Bhattarai has said that there is no alternative to the Nijgadh International Airport in Bara as the capacity of the only international airport in the country – the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) – is sure to get saturated in the near future.

Speaking at a premium show #2030 of Nepal Republic Media with Prakriti Bhattarai on Tuesday, Minister Bhattarai said the construction of Nijgadh Airport is a process of preparation for future tourism.

During the program, he went on to say that he no longer represents the youth as he has already crossed his youth age. “I am no longer a youth though the general public considers me to be a young leader,” he added.

Minister Bhattarai asked the investors and tourism entrepreneurs not to have high expectations from the line ministry in view of the small-sized economy of the country. “The government is not capable of addressing each and every expectation raised by the tourism fraternity,” he said.

On the occasion, Bhattarai also shared that the government is exploring the areas in order to generate employment opportunities for the people in the mountainous region of the country as they are usually left jobless in seasons other than the climbing season.

On a different note, Minister Bhattarai claimed that the Nepali education system is undoubtedly good as it has been producing quality manpower.

According to Minister Bhattarai, Dr KC is “emotionally blackmailing” the government through his repeated hunger strikes. “I have the same opinion about him, whether I am in the government or in the opposition,” he said, adding that he does not agree with some of the demands raised by Dr KC.

Watch the full interview here:


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