RUP NARAYAN DHAKAL
POKHARA: Expressing solidarity with the activists, foreign tourists have also staged a hunger strike to mount pressure on the government for the construction of a regional international airport in Pokhara.
Staging a hunger strike for one hour, six foreign tourists – four Britons and two Germans – said the Nepal government should start the airport construction as soon as possible, adding that the foreign tourists can land in Pokhara directly if the international airport is built here in the district.
The tourists who staged the hunger strike are Oliver Sirudrck, Lilan Evans, Joseph Silmer and Douglas Mclagen from United Kingdom and Simon Berndr and Lena Haier from Germany.
“We would save time and escape the pollution of Kathmandu if the international airport is constructed in Pokhara," said British citizen Douglas Mclagen.
He further said the construction of international airport also will promote the tourism and boost the Nepali economy.
Expressing solidarity for the movement, government staffs had taken out a rally Tuesday itself amidst much gusto and fanfare.
Likewise, Pokhara Regional International Construction Concern Committee has announced a general strike for August 31 and September 1, as part of pressure on the government. All flights to and from Pokhara will remain shut down during the general strike.
However, the Concern Committee has kept the door open for negotiation.