Nijgadh airport to go ahead as planned, says Tourism Minister

Kathmandu,Aug 08 : Despite long-running protests by environmental activists, Yogesh Bhattarai, the newly-appointed tourism minister, has said that the construction of the Nijgadh International Airport in Bara will go ahead at any cost. Bhattarai said that the Nijgadh International Airport will be built where it has been proposed to be built.

But environmental activists are unconvinced, as the planned airport will destroy forests, irrigation systems and wildlife habitats. The Nijgadh airport will require 2.4 million trees to be cut down, according to an environmental and social impact assessment carried out by the Tourism Ministry in February 2017. The project will also displace 1,476 people from Tangia Basti. According to Bhattarai, those displaced will either be offered cash compensation or relocation. But residents say that no one has consulted with them yet.

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