Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has requested approval from the Ministry of Forest and Environment to cut down trees for construction of Second International Airport (SIA) at Nijgadh.
According to Tourism Ministry, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report for the construction of the airport has been approved and the proposal for cutting down trees is forwarded as initial work already has been started.
Buddhi Sagar Lammichhane, Joint Secretary of Tourism Ministry stated that Ministry has asked for permission to cut down trees though the Detailed Project report (DPR) was not prepared for the first phase. Honorable Minister for MoCTCA Mr. Rabindra Adhikari has also emphasized to boost up the national pride project.
The proposal of cutting down trees of any projects will be given go-ahead from Forest Ministry to Council of Ministers.
Previously, On Speaking to the Parliament Tourism Minister informed the government had been discussing the modality for the construction and had already received the environmental impact assessment report from experts. Therefore, the government would soon finalize the construction modality of Dhumberwana International Airport, national pride project at Bara.
Tourism Minister has proposed some foreign investors for construction and operation of Nijgadh Airport.