Chitwan, December 21
Celebrated comedians Sitaram Kattel ‘Dhurmus’ and Kunjana Ghimire ‘Suntali’ have decided to pull out of an ambitious project to construct a cricket stadium in Bharatpur of Chitwan that they had initiated three years ago.
Following the Covid-19 pandemic, the project was pushed into limbo as the donors who had committed funds to the actors-turned-philanthropists did not keep the promises.
Now, the couple have requested the Bharatpur metropolitan city to take over the ownership. Earlier, the duo’s Dhurmus Suntali Foundation had signed an agreement with the city government that mentions if the foundation cannot generate funds, it could hand over the ownership.
Bharatpur Mayor Renu Dahal says she is committed to continuing the cricket stadium project and is consulting the federal Youth Ministry in this regard. She says if the federal government is okay with the plan, the city government is ready to take over.
It has been learned that the Dhurmus Suntali Foundation is yet to pay Rs 170 million in loans. The project has spent Rs 546 million whereas its estimated budget is Rs 3 billion.