Thursday, December 15, 2011

Nepal: Tourism minister vows to add 8-9 aircraft

KATHMANDU, DEC 15 - Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Lokendra Bista has claimed that the government would bring in eight or nine aircraft during his tenure.

Speaking at Reporters Club in the Capital on Thursday, Minister Bista said that the number of aircraft would be finalized as per the requirement of the Nepal Airlines Corporation.

“The aircraft would be brought, rest assured,” said Bista, addressing the program. “I am a straightforward man; either I will do it or die for it.” He even vowed to stand against any possible obstruction in the process.

Saying that there would not be any kind of commission game in the purchase of aircraft, Minister Bista said the aircraft purchase agreement would be signed in a transparent manner and in the present of all the concerned stakeholders including top brass leaders.

On the occasion, Minister Bista also announced that the government would complete the construction of Pokhara Airport, blacktop runways of nine airports in hilly region, and initiate the construction of an international airport in Nijgadh of Bara district.

Minister Bista also expressed his commitment to revamp the structure of the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) so as give the impression of completely different place. He vowed to implement his plans under at any cost.

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