Nepal | September 30, 2020

Government directs IBN to seek RfP for Nijgadh airport

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:


The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has directed Investment Board Nepal (IBN) to seek request for proposal (RfP) for Nijgadh International Airport (NIA).

At a meeting held today, MoCTCA directed IBN to contact Zürich International Airport by the end of September. Stating that the government’s preparations for the construction of NIA have gathered momentum, MoCTCA has directed IBN to do the needful.

Furthermore, the MoCTCA has decided to complete counting of trees by mid-December for site clearance and construction.

The work will be initiated in association with the Division Forest Office, Bara. Likewise, the MoCTCA has also decided to form a committee coordinated by the joint secretary of Ministry of Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation to sort out the issues on resettlement of Tangiya Basti.

The committee has to prepare the report within 15 days and submit it with recommendations on resettlement of the people.

The committee has to include chief of Division Forest Office, Bara. The meeting has also decided to direct Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) to begin the work of felling trees for the construction of access road for the airport.

As the ministry has already completed counting of trees that need to be cut down for the construction of periphery roads, MoCTCA has decided to submit a proposal to Ministry of Forest and Environment asking for permission to begin the work. As per MoCTCA, a total of 4,232 trees have to be cut down for the construction of periphery roads.

The meeting has also decided to direct CAAN to complete the process of procurement of masterplan for NIA within one week.

Currently, the work of counting trees for clearance of overall construction site and river diverting work is ongoing.

It is to be noted that on May 10 as well a high-level meeting held at MoCTCA had decided to direct IBN for RfP and CAAN for masterplan of NIA. However, no progress has been made on that front so far. And today, MoCTCA has again given similar instructions.

MoCTCA has stated that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the works had been affected thus another decision was taken today.

A version of this article appears in e-paper on September 9, 2020, of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Youth held for raping minor in Rautahat

RAUTAHAT: A youth has been arrested on the charges of raping a 15-year-old girl in Rauthat, on Monday night. The victim's father filed a first incident report (FIR) against 35-year-old Indal Das at a nearby police station. Subsequently, the accused was apprehended from his house around mid-night Read More...

Nepal COVID-19 Update: 1513 new cases, 731 recoveries, 10 fatalities recorded Tuesday

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s Health Ministry, in its regular press briefing, shared the latest updates on coronavirus contagion from across the country, and government’s response to the health crisis. READ ALSO: Kathmandu valley registers record-high 934 single-day coronavirus cases Till date, Read More...

Bajhang minor rape and murder case update: CIB to probe the case, family yet to receive the body

BAJURA: Family members of the 12-year-old girl who was raped and killed in Bajhang district, have refused to receive her body demanding fair investigation. A police team under the command of DSP Pancha Kumar Bakhu from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrived in the district to carry Read More...

Djokovic crushes Ymer to start French Open campaign

PARIS: Novak Djokovic got his quest for an 18th Grand Slam title back on track as he commenced his French Open campaign with a drama-free 6-0 6-2 6-3 victory over Mikael Ymer on Tuesday. Little over three weeks since Djokovic was defaulted in the U.S. Open fourth round for hitting a line judge wi Read More...

Erik Lamela, Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs edge Chelsea in League Cup shootout

LONDON: Tottenham Hotspur overcame visitors Chelsea 5-4 in a penalty shootout to progress in the League Cup following a 1-1 home draw in their fourth round clash on Tuesday. Chelsea appeared to be heading into the quarter-finals thanks to a 19th-minute strike from Timo Werner but Erik Read More...

CIB refuses to arrest persons operating networking business

KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 29 The Central Investigation Bureau said it had no jurisdiction to arrest owners of 25 suspicious companies over illegal networking business. Department of Commerce, Supplies and Consumer Protection had written a letter to the CIB around a week ago, requesting it to arrest Read More...

SWC asked to nullify inactive NGOs

KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 29 The Women and Social Welfare Committee of the House of Representatives has directed the Social Welfare Council to nullify the non-government organisations that fail to renew their registration under the prevailing law. At a meeting held with office-bearers of the SWC he Read More...

SC moved against Beema Samiti

KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 29 The Supreme Court has issued a show cause notice to Beema Samiti and the government, asking them to furnish reason for requiring people to submit citizenship certificates for COVID-19 insurance coverage. A single bench of Justice Prakash Man Singh Raut issued the order Read More...