December 8: The Supreme Court has issued an interim order to the government to halt the construction of Nijgadh International Airport.
Responding to a writ petition filed against the government to stop the construction work, a single bench of justice Tanka Bahadur Moktan issued the order on Friday, December 6.
Former secretary Dwarika Nath Dhungana, senior advocate Krishna Prasad Bhandari and former member of National Planning Commission Prabhu Budhathoki had filed the petition arguing that the construction of the airport would have devastating effect on the environment of the area.
The supreme court has summoned both sides for discussions and has directed the concerned authorities to halt the process of cutting down trees at the airport site for the time being.
Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai said that he would respect the apex court’s order and added this has given him the opportunity to clarify the issue to the court. He said he would personally present arguments before the court if the Supreme Court permits him to do so.