Madav Kumar Nepal with team to inspect the proposed Nijgadh Airport

With the purpose of inspection of proposed Nijgadh International Airport Project, Madav Kumar Nepal is scheduled to visit construction site today.

Suraj Kumar Dhura, Secretary of Committee stated that Former Prime Minister of Nepal who is also coordinator of the sub-committee under the representative of International Relations Committee is going to inspect the construction work of Nijgadh International Airport on November 11, 2018.

The team of leader Nepal includes the member of Sub-committee, Dibhyamani Rajbhandari, Chand TaraKumari, Deepak Prakash Bhatta and Nirjala Raut. He also said that Rabindra Adhikari, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and Shakti Basnet Minister of Forest and Environment will also visit the construction site for inspection.

There has been a lot of scandalous that the construction of airport at Nijgadh will invite major loss in the environment. Before the construction work was started, Gagan Thapa along with members of Congress filed an application in the committee asking Forest Ministry to investigate saying that forest area might be destroyed more than necessary. The sub-committee was formed after the discussion was made on the matter of filed application.

The construction work is still in tough route to gain complete easy phase. However, the authority is working hard and dedicated to clear the spiky way.

Local people from Tangiya and Katghau residential area should be transferred for construction of Nijgadh International Airport. The process for searching appropriate land for transferring local has also been started.

Previously, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) sent a letter to Ministry of Forest for approval regarding the cutting down of trees. Sharma claimed that the construction work will be completed by concerning the importance of environment and cutting down the least number of trees as far as possible.

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 Rs 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.

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