CHITWAN, Jan 28: Minister for Youth and Sports Maheshwor Jung Gahatraj has committed to developing the Gautam Buddha International Cricket Stadium adding that the ongoing construction works will not be left in limbo.
At an interaction program organized on Thursday in regard to the construction of the Gautam Buddha International Cricket Stadium, Minister Gahatraj pledged to continue the task since it is the project of national pride.
Stating that Nepal lacks a stadium to organize international-level tournaments, Gahatraj added that the stalled work of stadium construction would be advanced after fixing a modality for its management.
On the occasion, Minister Gahatraj said that cooperation of locals is needed to complete the construction of the stadium. “The project could remain in limbo if you (local people) are not united,” Gahatraj added. He was of the view that the stadium would be completed with the collective efforts of federal, provincial governments and Bharatpur Metropolitan City.
Stating that the sports infrastructures were incomplete for lack of budget, the Minister said consultations were taking place with the development partners for economic assistance.
Minister Gahatraj also said that it would be easier to forward the construction of Gautam Buddha International Cricket Stadium if Dhurmus-Suntali Foundation immediately released the details of expenditures incurred so far.
On the occasion, Minister for Industry of Bagmati Province Milan Babu Shrestha sought the leading role of the federal government to complete the project. “This is an important project for the nation. The government should complete it by taking ownership of it,” said Shrestha.
Also speaking at the program, Mayor of Bharatpur Metropolitan City Renu Dahal shared the progress made so far on the construction of the International Cricket Stadium. She also sought support from the federal government adding that the metropolitan city’s resources, means and capacity won’t be enough for sustainable management of the stadium.