Sub-committee concludes ‘No need of Nagidanda Airport’

The sub-committee of the International Relations and Labour Committee has directed that there is no need for the construction of the airport at Nagidanda of Kavre.

The 5 member sub-committee established under former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has said that there is no need of alternate airport. The sub-committee has concluded by saying that the government should not spend a large amount of money for the construction of alternate airport for the benefit of certain people.

Former PM Nepal stated that currently all should focus on National Pride projects like Nijgadh International Airport, Bhairahawa and Pokhara regional international airport rather than constructing new small airports. He also stated that it will lead to misuse of the authority’s fund.

The sub-committee has directed to intensify the construction work of second international airport at Nijgadh rather than to construct another airport near Kathmandu.

Likewise, the sub-committee has recommended to construct Nijgadh airport at certain meters away on southern side than the exact site in proposed project.

Previously, after the report was submitted, Former PM Madhav Kumar Nepal had said that the government should not construct the airport at Nagidanda by exploiting the treasures of the state. Former PM Nepal also said that the political leaders and ministries should not plan to construct airport for their comfort without analyzing the economic and commercial potentials.

He also noted that there is no need of probability study in Nagidanda.

The government has allocated NRs 50 crore for probability study in Nagidanda for the construction of alternate airport this year.

Former PM Nepal criticized at the process of construction of alternate airport at Nagidanda to reduce air traffic arc of Tribhuvan International Airport.

The construction of the new domestic airport at Nagidanda is started with an aim to minimize air traffic of the only international airport of country Tribhuvan International airport (TIA). However, the airport will not be able to handle big aircraft like Bombardier CRJ’s, MA-60, and Beechcraft, ATR, Jetstream and will only be able to handle STOL aircraft like Twin-Otter, Dornier, Y-12 e and LET.

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