“Why do they think that an international airport  should be built in Nijgadh when the country's economy is collapsing, the national treasury is empty and the country is facing elections and farmers are not getting fertilizers?”

Prime Minister Deuba, who is also the president of the Nepali Congress, a party which claims to champion the cause of the rule of law, should lead the country by example. He should stop taking any mis-steps that seek to undermine the role of the judiciary.

KATHMANDU, July 2: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Saturday directed the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) to expedite construction of Nijgadh International Airport.

KATHMANDU, July 1: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Jeevan Ram Shrestha has said that the government shall give high priority to construction of the Nijgadh International Airport, a project of national pride.

KATHMANDU, June 5: Finance Minister Janardan Sharma has said that the government was clear on constructing the Nijgadh International Airport in Bara.

KATHMANDU, June 1: Lawmaker Khimlal Devkota has demanded that the proposed Nijgadh International Airport project in Bara be given continuity. The project has been halted following a Supreme Court order that overturned the government’s earlier decision to build the airport.

KATHMANDU, May 30: The International Relations Committee, House of Representatives, has instructed the government to remove legal hurdles regarding the implementation of Nijgadh Airport construction project and resume it at the earliest.

KATHMANDU, May 30: The government has said that the Nijgadh International Airport Project will be taken forward by preparing an investment structure for the project through Investment Board Nepal. The Supreme Court, however, has recently overturned the government’s decision to build the airport.

KATHMANDU, May 28: Senior Nepali Congress leader Ram Chandra Poudel has termed the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) to overturn government's decision to build Nijgadh International Airport as an irrational decision.

KATHMANDU, May 27: Minister for Urban Development Ram Kumari Jhakri has said neither Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA) nor Pokhara Regional International Airport can serve the purpose of Nijgadh International Airport.

KATHMANDU, May 26: The Supreme Court has overturned the government's decision to build an international airport in Nijgadh, Bara.

What Nepal can learn from Sierra Club

February 15, 2021 07:00 am

Having a larger organization like Sierra Club with a nationwide network can help Nepal make big national projects like Nijgadh Airport and Kathmandu-Tarai Expressway environment-friendly.

More than a fistful

December 21, 2019 09:12 am

The media is currently hot with the Nijgadh debate. The location for a new “green forest” airport, commonly understood as the “second” international or even as “prime” international airport, is in every media, print or visual. Not being able to do much in terms of visible development beyond lip talks, the government seems to be in a desperate mood to push some new high sounding projects for a change. Disappointed several times by mirage like “Melamchi”, people are not likely to believe in verbal commitments any longer. The gulf of distrust has widened so much that common idiom like “a pinch of salt” is no longer appropriate while “more than a fistful” would still not be as symbolic.

A case for Nijgadh airport

December 9, 2019 10:18 am

The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation to halt the construction work on the proposed Nijgadh airport in Bara district. The court has summoned the writ petitioners and government representatives on December 15 to discuss the issue.

KATHMANDU, Dec 7: The Supreme Court on Friday directed the authorities concerned including the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation to stay  construction work on the proposed Nijgadh airport in Bara district.

Flawed assessment

November 30, 2019 10:29 am

Environment Impact Assessment report of Nijgadh airport does not consider how mass tree felling will impact ecology

KATHMANDU, Jan 27: Parliament's sub-committee formed for field study of progress of airports under the national pride projects has recommended the International Relation Committee (IRC) to direct concerned authorities to take immediate action for construction of Nijgadh International Airport (NIA).

To build or not to build

December 30, 2018 02:00 am

If at all Nepal wants to become an air transit hub of Asia, Gautam Buddha International Airport will help us become one

BARA, Dec 29: AJL Nirman Sewa, the construction company assigned the task of fencing the land allotted for the Second International Airport at Nijgadh of Bara, has been found to be compromising the quality of work.

KATHMANDU, Nov 6: A sub-committee formed by the parliament's International Relations Committee has concluded an 'on-site visit' of the Nijgadh International Airport construction site on Monday. The team flew to the site by a Nepal Army helicopter.

Nijgadh International Airport, which could potentially become the game-changing project of Nepal, is mired in controversy. Conservationists argue the government is trying to destroy the environment in the name of development.

KATHMANDU, Oct 2: A parliamentary committee has directed the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) to begin work on Nijgadh International Airport (NIA) at the earliest.

KATHMANDU, Sept 28: Madhav Nepal, senior leader of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and former prime minister, expressed serious dissatisfaction in parliament Thursday with the government’s performance.

Nijgadh airport must be built

September 17, 2018 02:00 am

When the country initiates a big infrastructure project it should obviously consider economic viability, how the project will benefit the country and people and how the government will manage funds for the project.

KATHMANDU, Sept 16: While the government has been expressing commitment to plant trees in compensation of the deforestation due to construction of Nijgadh International Airport, environment experts have demanded that the government first reviewed the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the national pride project.