Top guns of the five-party alliance including Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba today pledged to construct Nijgadh International Airport at any rate.

Top leaders of the five-party alliance had boarded a Nepali Army chopper and visited Bara's Nijgadh and met with people's representatives and journalists.

Addressing a programme at Nijgadh, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba pledged to construct the international airport in Nijgadh.

"We shall construct an airport with two runways. We are holding discussion with experts about airport construction. We shall build the airport at any rate," Deuba added.

CPN-Maoist Centre Chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal said that Nijgadh International Airport would bring qualitative change in the country's economic development. Dahal argued that fast-track worth billions that links Nijgadh with Kathmandu would be useless if the airport was not constructed. "Fast track was constructed keeping in view the Nijgadh International Airport. Thus, airport construction is a must," Dahal added.

CPN-Unified Socialist Chairman Madhav Kumar Nepal said that the Supreme Court's verdict in connection with Nijgadh International Airport had not closed the door for airport construction.

Janata Samjbadi Party-Nepal's Chairman Upendra Yadav said that the airport should be constructed by preserving old settlements at Bara's Nijgadh. "We will preserve old settlements and construct the airport," Yadav vowed.

Yadav asked all and sundry to lend support for the airport construction. Failing to build the airport will cause loss to the country and Nepal's economy," Yadav stated.

A version of this article appears in the print on July 3, 2022, of The Himalayan Times.