Begin Nijgadh Airport construction on war footing: House panel to govt

KATHMANDU: The International Labour Relations Committee of the Legislature-Parliament has issued directives to 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 line ministry to initiate the land acquisition process, management of the settlement to be displaced by the land acquisition and prepare the construction site on a war footing .

The government had earlier prepared the project to build second international airport in Nepal after the Tribhuvan International Airport. Budget for the project was being allocated since the last fiscal. Rs 1 billion was allocated 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 Korean-based Company LMW Company some six years back conducted the detailed feasibility study of the project. As per the report, the construction cost was estimated to be around Rs 35.51 billion.