Rupandehi, Nepal: Gautam Buddha International Cricket Stadium is set to become the largest and model cricket stadium in Nepal. The cricket stadium is being built on 15 bigahas of land at Sainamina 7, Lamtaiya, Nepal.
The construction work of the stadium has been taken forward by the municipality. Last year, soil cutting, toilets and dining rooms were constructed with a budget of NRs. 3 million for the ground, while this year, soil cutting, fencing and DPR were constructed with a budget of NRs. 10 million.
The Sainamina Municipality has prepared the DPR of the stadium and discussed it. The DPR, which is estimated to cost around NRs 2.19 billion, covers an area of 94,817 square meters.
According to the municipality, the stadium, which is being constructed about 12 km north of Lumbini, the birthplace of the Light of Asia Gautam Buddha, is the largest 90-yard stadium in Nepal. The stadium is located 2 km south of Mahendra Highway.
Lumbini Province Assembly member and CPN (Communist Party of Nepal) chief advisor Bhumishwar Dhakal stated, The construction of the stadium will be completed with the participation of local, state and federal governments. Dhakal also said that the construction of Gautam Buddha International Cricket Stadium would be completed by managing the budget as a project of Nepal’s pride.
Chitra Bahadur Karki, the mayor of Sainamaina stated, The Gautam Buddha International Cricket Stadium is being constructed with the objective of developing Sainamaina through sports tourism. He also stated that the Gautam Buddha International Cricket Stadium under construction is also close to the Gautam Buddha International Airport, it will be easier to organize international level of games in the future. Mayor Karki also added that the contract process will start this year after managing the budget.
The DPR of the stadium has been prepared after a six-month on-site study, said Sainamaina Chief Planning Officer Suraj Neupane.
Kishor Rana, chairman of the stadium management committee, said that the completion of the stadium under construction would enhance the prestige of the region and Sainamaina could contribute to the nation through cricket.
Er. Sunil Lamsal, head of the Crown Design and Research Center, Kathmandu, said that it is geographically appropriate to build an international level stadium in Sainamaina. Er. Lamsal also said that Rupandehi district is a fertile ground for cricketers and the international airport is also nearby. There are cricket grounds in Bhairahawa, Tilottma and Kanchan Rural Municipalities which will make easy to organize the game in coming days.
All the stakeholders had given their suggestions in the interaction program. The discussion was attended by people’s representatives of the region, political parties, social workers, players and all stakeholders.
The program was concluded with the welcome speech of Romnath Neupane, Treasurer of the Stadium Management Committee and Krishna Gyawali, Secretary of the Committee hosted the program. The program was organized at Sainamaina Water Park, Nepal.
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