Thorough study essential before deciding on new airport: Minister Kirati

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Sudan Kirati, has said it was impossible to construct airport in Dharan without conducting a thorough study.

Inaugurating the Dharan Expo, 2024 organized by Sunsari Chamber of Commerce and Industry here Friday, Minister Kirati reminded that 22 airports were left unused in the country for their establishment without study. Such hasty decision can not be taken in case of Dharan as well, he made aware.

The Minister however informed that feasibility study was being conducted. “Only possibility of conducting flights is not a solid basis to construct and operate airport,” Minister Kirati informed the participants attending the event.

The Expo was organized to promote local produce, culture and tourism. Minister Kirati opined that Dharan alone could not move ahead for holistic development.

Dharan could forward its activities in view of other religious and tourism sites in Chatara, Barahachhetra, Dhankuta, Tehrathum and Taplejung. Even the togetherness with stakeholders is key, he stressed.

On the occasion, former chairman of FNCCI, Chandi Raj Dhakal, sought support from government to elevate the status of private sector because it was difficult time for business in recent period.

Organizer of the Expo, Bijay Shrestha, informed that event was held to promote export and internal supply of handicrafts and local productions. There are 150 stalls in the exhibition that lasts till March 6.



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