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Top leaders of coalition vow to construct Nijgadh Int’l Airport

The Nepal Weekly
July 4, 2022

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that the proposed Nijgadh International Airport will be constructed causing minimum damage to the environment.

Top leaders of the five party ruling coalition have reached at the proposed international airport site in Nijgadh, Bara on Saturday and promised to take forward the construction plan.

Coalition leaders Prime Minister and Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba, CPN-Maoist Center Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, CPN-Unified Socialist Chairman Madhav Kumar Nepal, Janata Samajbadi Party Chairman Upendra Yadav arrived in Nijgadh on Saturday for an on-site study of the proposed site of the international airport. After inspecting the site the leaders announced to build Nijgadh International Airport. The top leaders of the coalition are joined by Finance Minister Janardan Sharma, TOurism Minister Jeevan Ram Shrestha among others.

“Nepal needs another international airport, spacious and well-equipped and it’s a good place as well,” remarked PM Deuba after the inspection.

Similarly, Janata Samajwadi Party Chairman Upendra Yadav said that the project should be constructed keeping in view the future. He stressed on the need to move ahead with the project by protecting the old settlements in Nijgadh. The top leaders visited the construction site for the first time since the Supreme Court ruled that the airport could be built by striking a balance between environment and infrastructure development.

Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Pradeep Adhikari said that the government will initiate entirely new process for the construction of the airport and conduct a reliable Environmental Impact Analysis (EIA) before moving forward the construction process as per the new directives of the Supreme Court.