HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
POKHARA: Pokhara International Regional Airport Concern Committee has decided to halt all flights to and from Pokhara airport to press the government to begin work on the proposed international airport.
Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents Western Region Chairman Kedar Sharma, however, informed that all sides have agreed not to operate air services to and from Pokhara airport on August 23.
He said that committee has written to travel agents and airlines to halt the service on that day. Sharma warned of shutting all services for an indefinite period from August 31 if their demands were not met by the time.
Pokhara residents have been agitated demanding that the government begin work on the airport. They have accused that employees at the Nepal Civil Aviation Authority were trying to stall the process.
As per their scheduled agitation, Pokhara locals and entrepreneurs are to shut down factories, educational institutions and marketplaces tomorrow. Committee Coordinator Krishnamohan Shrestha said that they would expose those people who were against the proposed airport.
Meanwhile, Lekhnath chapter of Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry has called on different organisations, business houses, civil society and
local residents to pile pressure on the government.
Issuing a press release today, Lekhnath FNCCI has urged the government to begin work on the airport at the earliest.