The Supreme Court (SC) has revoked the government’s decision to develop the Nijgadh International Airport.
The extended full bench of SC on Thursday after hearing the writ petitions filed by multiple petitioners has revoked the government’s decision to build the airport, the Forest Ministry’s Environmental Impact Assessment, and the decision to hand over 8,045 hectares of forest area to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal.
The extended full bench including Justices Hari Krishna Karki, Bishwambhar Prasad Shrestha, Ishwore Prasad Khatiwada, Prakash Man Singh Raut and Manoj Kumar Sharma has issued a mandamus to revoke the government’s decision to construct the airport at Nijgadh and asked it to build an international airport finding an appropriate place, according to SC Spokesperson Bimal Paudel.
The SC on February 16, 2020 had sent the cases related to the airport to the extended full bench.
The SC on December 6, 2019 had instructed the government to keep works related to the airport as it is.
A single bench of Justice Tanka Bahadur Moktan hearing the writ petition of former secretary Dwarika Nath Dhungel, advocate Krishna Prasad Bhandari and Prabhu Budhathoki had instructed the government to not move the project forward.
The SC hearing another petition filed by senior advocate Prakash Mani Sharma contending that trees should not be chopped to build the airport had issued an interim order on December 22, 2019 instructing the government to not immediately move the project forward.
The SC then sent both the petitions to the extended full bench.
Published Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022, 16:41:00