Team of Sub-committee formed to study about all the airports of the country led by former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal along with other officials conducted in-site inspection and survey at proposed international airport in Nijgadh, Bara on Thursday.
Former Prime Minister Nepal stated that there is no alternative to Tangiya settlement where the airport is stated to be constructed and also stated to start the construction work as fast as possible.
The team under leadership of former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal included joint company of Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari, Minister of Forest and Environment Shakti Basnet, CAAN director General Sanjeev Gautam along with other officials had also conducted 2 hour long aerial survey in November 5 and had stated to conduct in-site inspection after festive season.
Nepal said that there is no sense in protesting against the decision to cut down trees to construct the international airport at Nijgadh. There is solution to construct the airport without having to chop down large number of trees and urged to help in constructing the airport as soon as possible he added.
To construct the airport around 1500 houses should be transferred to new area rather than providing grant to them and has asked locals to help in construction of the airport.
Other local authorities have also been positive towards construction of the airport and some works have already been started.
The meeting between Finance Ministry and Tourism Ministry held on August 29, 2018, has already decided to construct Nijgadh Airport in Government-Private partners’ model. It is estimated to cost around NRs. 100 billion for the construction of the airport.
The airport will be developed in three phases. The first phase, as per the detailed feasibility study (DFS) of the project, will be of 10 years; the second phase will be of 5 years, and the third or final phase will be of 25 years.
The project envisions building a modern airport in Nijgadh in Bara district, 175 km from Kathmandu in the southern plains.