Supreme Court bars govt from constructing Nijgadh airport

Kathmandu, May 26

The Supreme Court has issued a verdict telling the government not to construct the proposed Nijgadh airport.

The international airport project conceptualised several years ago has turned controversial with environmentalists opposing the plan. Senior advocate Prakash Mani Sharma and others had filed a writ petition at the Supreme Court.

In response to the petition, a full bench of justices Hari Krishna Karki, Bishwambhar Prasad Shrestha, Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada, Prakash Man Singh and Manoj Kumar Sharma issued the order on Thursday.

With the verdict, all the decisions the government has made in relation to the Nijgadh airport project have been turned void, according to a Supreme Court source.

The court has told the government to seek an alternative if it needs another international airport.

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