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.