Rabindra Adhikari assures to construct Nijgadh airport without degrading environment

17th Sep, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Sep 17: Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Adhikari has assured to construct the Nijgadh International Airport by considering environmental issues.

Stepping into the raging controversy over the felling of thousands of trees for the development of the proposed full-fledged international airport in Nijgadh, the Tourism Ministry clarified that the compensatory plantation of trees will be done in the ratio of 1:25, with strict enforcement.

The ministry said that the areas for plantation would be identified immediately after the Forest Ministry approves the felling of 769,691 trees for the first phase of the project. The Tourism Ministry has already sought permission from the Forest Ministry to cut down the stated number of trees.

Nijgadh Internation Airport is one of the major projects and 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.

 General Secretary of CAAN, Sanjib Gautam said that after the construction of the airport we can observe huge changes in the sectors of business and tourism. The airport will be constructed within the area of 8,045 hector land and for that they will have to cut 2,450,800 trees but in first phrase 769,663 trees will be destructed.

The project envisions building a modern airport in Nijgadh in Bara district, 175 km from Kathmandu in the southern plains.