Youth and Sports Minister Maheshwar Jung Gahatraj has expressed his commitment not to let the construction of Gautam Buddha International Cricket Stadium go awry.
Speaking at an interaction program, organized by the Bharatpur Municipality on Thursday, he said that the project would not be left unattended as it is a national pride and committed the work not to be left in limbo.
“There is no stadium in Nepal where international level sports can be played, he stressed the need to complete the stalled construction in Bharatpur as it is in a suitable place in all respects. The entire team of the ministry has come here and will immediately start to study”, Minister Gahatraj said.
“The locals should be interested in completing the stadium. The project could remain in limbo if you (local people) are not united”, he added.
He said that the stadium would be completed with the joint efforts of the federal, the province and the metropolis.
Stating that the sports infrastructure has been neglected due to lack of budget, he said that talks are underway with the donor body for financial assistance.
Minister Gahat Raj said that it would be easier to move ahead if the Dhurmush-Suntali Foundation, which has taken charge of the construction of the stadium, submits the details of its expenditure to the public as soon as possible. “As this is a model project of the country that has moved forward with national consensus, the ministry has focused on completing it,” he said.
On the occasion, Minister for Industry of Bagmati Province Milan Babu Shrestha sought the leading role of the federal government to complete the project adding that it could not be completed from the local level. “This is an inevitable project of the nation. The government should complete it by taking ownership of it,” according to Shrestha.
Also speaking at the programme, 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 suffice for the stadium’s sustainable management.