Construct Nijgadh Int'l Airport at earliest, govt told

KATHMANDU: The International Relations and Labour Committee of the Legislature-Parliament has directed the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation to immediately proceed with the construction of the proposed Nijgadh International Airport in Bara.

A meeting of the Committee today directed the Ministry to go with the land acquisition process, management of the settlement to be displaced by the land acquisition and to prepare the construction site at a war-footing level.

The government had earlier proposed this project as the second international airport of the country.

So far, Rs one billion has been allocated for the project in the past two fiscal years.

The Committee directed the Ministry of Soil Conservation and Ministry of Population to cooperate with the Tourism Ministry to launch the construction work on time.

The South Korea-based LMW Company around six years back conducted the detailed feasibility study of the project. As per its report, the construction cost was estimated to be around Rs 35.51 billion.